Restrictions on Advertising for Open Approaches to Market (ATMs)
- Resource Management Guide No. 407 - Restrictions on Advertising for Open Approaches to Market (ATMs) in the Media Policy [ 455 KB]
- Resource Management Guide No. 407 - Restrictions on Advertising for Open Approaches to Market (ATMs) in the Media Policy [ 155 KB]
Application for an Exemption
Recruitment Advertising Policy
This guide applies to officials of all non-corporate Commonwealth entities (NCEs). Officials of corporate Commonwealth entities (CCEs) are encouraged to comply as a matter of good practice.
The Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) require NCEs to publish all open tenders on AusTender.
- sets out NCE requirements for publishing and advertising open approaches to market and complements the use of AusTender.
- replaces Resource Management Guide No. 407: Restrictions on advertising for open Approaches to Market (ATMs) (November 2015).
This guide is available on the Department of Finance website.
Additional queries can be addressed to:
- Procurement Management Branch: firstname.lastname@example.org
- AusTender: email@example.com
- Master Media Agency: FedGovt.firstname.lastname@example.org
Other relevant publications include:
- Resource Management Guide No. 408: Recruitment Advertising Policy
- Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs)
- Exemption Letter Template. [ 20 KB]
- The CPRs require NCEs to publish all open approaches to market on AusTender.
- If in line with an NCE's communication policy, promoting the release of an open approach to market through an official social media account, in addition to the AusTender notice, is permitted.
- Entities must not publish or advertise open approaches to market in the press.
- In limited circumstances, the accountable authority of a NCE (or an official at the appropriate level of seniority) may consider and approve an exemption request allowing advertising in the press. E.g., an entity may request an exemption if they are seeking to target potential suppliers in a remote or overseas location that has limited access to the online environment. The approval must be in writing and use the Exemption Letter Template. [ 20 KB]
Part 1 - Media placement considerations
- Subject to the exemption requirement in paragraph 4, entities seeking to advertise tender notices internationally placed from:
- within Australian territory to appear outside Australian territory must use the government's Master Media Agency (MMA); and
- outside Australian territory to appear outside Australian territory are not required to use the government's MMA.
- Subject to the exemption requirement in paragraph 4, details selected for inclusion in the notification advertised through media must be the same as those published on AusTender, and direct the reader to go to Austender for further information.
- If an entity chooses to advertise a tender notice on its website or an official social media account, the notice must also direct the reader to AusTender.
- Signed exemption letters must be provided to the government's MMA in written form. Finance will monitor exemptions and compliance with the policy.
Last updated: 27 October 2016