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Broader outcomes

Government procurement can and should be used to support wider social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes that go beyond the immediate purchase of goods and services.

Achieving broader outcomes from government procurement

In October 2018 the Government recognised that its procurement activities offer a unique opportunity to achieve broader cultural, economic, environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.

Of these broader outcomes, the Government identified four priority outcomes for agencies to start focusing on:

These outcomes are incorporated in the Government Procurement Rules. The Rules require government agencies to consider specific priority outcomes when buying from designated contract areas.

Government Procurement Rules

Rule 16: Broader outcomes

Designated contract areas

Implementing broader outcomes in your procurement activities

To support your agency to implement broader outcomes:

  • incorporate broader outcomes into your overall procurement strategy, and relevant category strategies (if you have them)
  • use your strategy to help inform individual contracts
  • manage contracts to ensure suppliers deliver the broader outcomes they agreed to
  • consider appointing a senior leader and/or working group to champion the delivery of broader outcomes at your agency. Make sure you monitor progress and track results, including reporting on your agency’s progress with implementing broader outcomes.

Implementing broader outcomes

Cabinet papers that informed the policy

Cabinet agreed on 23 October 2018 to a set of four priority outcomes for agencies to leverage from their procurement activities and identified specific contracts or sectors for initial focus.

Cabinet paper: Enhancing the effectiveness of Government Procurement policy [PDF, 896 KB]

Cabinet minute: Enhancing the effectiveness of Government Procurement policy [PDF, 154 KB]

The Government agreed on 13 May 2019 to a range of amendments to the Government Procurement Rules to achieve wider public value and leverage government procurement to achieve social, economic and environmental benefits.

Cabinet paper: Enhancing the effectiveness of Government Procurement policy report back [PDF, 285 KB]

Cabinet minute: Enhancing the effectiveness of Government Procurement policy report back [PDF, 209 KB]

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