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Designated contract areas

Agencies must target specific contract types for the four priority outcomes.

The designated contract areas for each priority outcome are listed below, along with the minimum requirements that agencies must meet.

Agencies must conduct reasonable due diligence and manage the contract to ensure these priority outcomes are delivered.

Outcome Designated contract area Minimum requirement
Priority outcome one: Increasing access for New Zealand businesses ICT services/computer software When purchasing ICT services or software, agencies must consider how they can create opportunities for New Zealand Businesses. A New Zealand business is defined as a business that originated in New Zealand (not being a New Zealand subsidiary of an offshore business), is majority owned or controlled by New Zealanders, and has its principal place of business in New Zealand.
Priority outcome two: Construction skills and training Construction When procuring construction works over threshold, agencies must include questions in their tender documentation about the skills development and training practices of the supplier and their subcontractors. Reasonable consideration must be given to those questions, and they must be included as weighted criteria when a weighted evaluation model is used.
Priority outcome three: Employment standards Catering services, cleaning services, security services, and forestry contracts When procuring cleaning services, security services or forestry services (with a focus on low wage employment), agencies need to ensure that suppliers demonstrate compliance with employment standards within their business and through the domestic supply chain delivering that service. The supply chain is defined as all employees of firms sub-contracted by the tier one supplier, who are employed as cleaners, security staff or forestry workers.

Information on Employment standards can be found on the Minimum rights of employees page on Employment New Zealand's website. For cleaning contracts Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act for protection of vulnerable workers also applies.

 Minimum rights of employees

Priority outcome three: Health and safety Health and safety:

All contracts with a particular focus on forestry contracts and construction contracts

All agencies must comply with their responsibilities under Health and Safety at Work 2015.

For designated contracts (forestry and construction) agencies must require their suppliers to ensure and demonstrate that they, and their domestic supply chain, demonstrate good health and safety practice.

Priority outcome four: Reducing emissions Light vehicles

When purchasing vehicles from the All-of-Government motor vehicles contract, agencies need to choose a battery electric vehicle (BEV), or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) if a BEV is not appropriate for the proposed use, unless there are operational requirements or other circumstances that prevent them from doing so. The New Zealand Government has a goal that, where practicable, its fleet should be emissions free by 2025/26.

Motor vehicles contract

Reducing government fleet emissions

Priority outcome four: Reducing emissions Stationary/process heating systems When purchasing heating systems for a government building, agencies need to ensure that they are buying a low emission heating option. Agencies must not purchase coal boilers.
Priority outcome four: Reducing waste Office supplies

When purchasing office supplies from the All of Government Office supplies contract, agencies need to purchase items that produce low amounts of waste and/or are recyclable.

Office supplies contract