The Workplace Gender Equality Procurement Principles (the Principles) describes the Australian Government procurement connected policy associated with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 Cth (WGE Act). The Australian Government’s revised procurement policy came into effect on 1 August 2013.
The Principles have been developed as part of the Government’s commitment to fairer and more consistent measures for ensuring the Government only deals with organisations who comply with the WGE Act.
Where the Principles apply, non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees in Australia must supply a letter of compliance with their tender submission or prior to contracting with the Australian Government. Letters of compliance are issued by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
The Principles outline the steps employers who wish to participate in Government procurement processes must take to comply with the policy.
The Government is committed to improving access to the Australian Government marketplace. In addition to providing clarity to employers, the Principles help reduce unnecessary complexity for Government agencies, making it easier for businesses to sell to Government.
These Principles are a procurement connected policy of the Australian Government and are therefore part of the Australian Government’s financial management framework, which creates an overarching requirement to manage an agency’s affairs efficiently, effectively, economically and ethically and in accordance with the policies of the Government.
COVID Policy Note
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, WGEA delayed the start and extended the report submission period for 2020 to assist employers who may have needed some additional time to prepare and submit compliance reports. 2020 compliance reports were due for submission between 1 May 2020 and 31 July 2020.
A Policy Note amending the application of the WGE Procurement Principles for the 19-20 reporting period has been approved.