Recently the College Council put the provision of our Uniform out to tender.
Tendering provides an effective way for us to examine whether we have the best supplier available for our needs, yet at the same time, it does not preclude the reappointment of the incumbent supplier should that organisation be out and out the best available to provide the services required. Tendering also has the potential to stimulate innovation in the way services are provided and is an opportunity to re-evaluate pricing structures and incentives. Some of the benefits of going out to tender include:
- Due diligence: providing the best possible value for money outcome from the procurement activity
- Compliance and regulatory requirements – this is particularly relevant for us as a Government school and to ensure we meet our legislative obligations
- Maintaining a competitive marketplace for our business
- Helping our organisation to understand what alternatives and options are available in the market place
- Involving key stakeholders in the selection process
- Audit trail to show review and selection process if challenged.
Tenders should be seen as the mark of good governance and a best practice process that achieves some of the benefits of the list above.
College Council are looking forward to sharing the outcome of the tender with you in the coming months.