The Dunedin City Council often works in a complex environment in terms of both the type and range of goods or services being procured. To be effective and efficient in procuring goods and services, Council staff need to be clear about the overall objective of the procurement and select a procurement method that will give the Council the best value for money. To do this effectively the Council must have a detailed understanding of what is being procured, the value and risk of that procurement.
Statement of Principles
The Council’s Procurement manual aims to provide for both policy and practical guidelines to Council staff in line with good practice principles associated with the effective and efficient procurement of goods and services.
Basic principles are summarised as follows:
- Every local business is likely to be a ratepayer and is entitled to be given a reasonable opportunity to participate in the Council’s transactions;
- Public funds are being expended and the Council must be scrupulous in seeking the best terms available; and
- That all customers are dealt with in a fair and consistent manner.