Auditor-General tables guidelines for ICT procurement

Updated guidance given for use of e-procurement

The Auditor-General has updated and replaced the 2001 good practice guide on procurement, including a section on information technology procurement.

The new guide includes policies and standards for public entities to consider when implementing e-procurement and reference to guidance for public entities to consider when procuring information technology.

the guidelines say a public entity that implements e-procurement systems "should ensure that any new procedures that are established meet the same legal and policy obligations that govern all government procurement".

"In addition, a public entity will need to ensure that it adopts additional policies and standards covering the different procedures and risks associated with e-procurement." The include:

  • electronic invoicing;
  • electronic records management;
  • commodity classification;
  • interoperability;
  • online security;
  • authentication controls;
  • access controls;
  • audit trails; and
  • business continuity.

It also includes top-line requirements for electronic invoicing, electronic record management, commodity classification, interoperability and security.

For information technology procurement, the report points to guidance previously released by the auditor-General, the State Services Commission and others.

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