The government's push to achieve broader social outcomes from its spending came into effect today with the publication of the 4th edition of the procurement rules.
John Ivil, general manager of New Zealand procurement and property, said government procurement can make a vital contribution to the well-being of New Zealanders.
While many agencies are already using their spending power to deliver social, environmental, economic or cultural outcomes, the new rules will help embed the approach.
The push is already evident in some ICT and related tenders, such as one from the New Zealand Transport Agency for software support panels released in July.
Vendors bidding for government business will have to demonstrate how they contribute to these broader goals.
“We consulted across government agencies earlier this year – and published the new rules in June – so it’s fair to say many agencies have work underway to use their contracts to increase public value," Ivil said.
“For example, we have seen government agencies start to transition to low emission vehicles to travel while doing their business; explore car shares or use more flexible car rental arrangements.
"Contracting and procurement decisions like this support the goal for New Zealand to transition to a net zero emissions economy by 2050.”
Other priority outcomes are to support New Zealand businesses; promote skills development, in particular in the construction sector; and ensure compliance with employment and health and safety standards.
NZTA's tender said it saw the panel as an opportunity to increase access to government procurement contracts for New Zealand businesses, with "particular focus on those less able to access opportunities and those working in priority sectors, such as ICT, Māori and Pasifika businesses and businesses in the regions."