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Commonwealth Contracting Suite Plus – Now Available for Public Comment
I am pleased to announce that the Commonwealth Contracting Suite Plus (CCS Plus) is now available for public consultation.
CCS Plus has been developed with considerable input from stakeholders and takes account of all of the comments Finance has received about the Commonwealth Contracting Suite (CCS) since its introduction in 2014.
CCS Plus will replace the current CCS and is designed to be used for a wide range of Commonwealth procurements, up to $1 million. Like the CCS, CCS Plus is not designed for procurements of Construction or of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
For procurements up to $200,000, where using the CCS is mandatory (as set out in RMG-420) from 1 January 2017, CCS Plus will be used instead. For non-construction, non-ICT procurements valued above $200,000, government buyers should assess the appropriateness of using CCS Plus on a case by case basis.
Since its release, the CCS has assisted potential suppliers by providing a consistent set of Approach to Market and Contract documents across all Commonwealth government entities. Suppliers tell us that use of the CCS Response Form saves them considerable time and money when preparing bids.
All of the existing functionality has been retained; key enhancements requested by Suppliers and included in CCS Plus are summarised here. The introduction of CCS Plus is expected to reduce the administrative burden on suppliers, by reducing the size of the documentation from more than 60 pages to around 10 pages on average, for an additional 9000 contracts per year.
Government officials report that the CCS’s structured approach has made it easy for even inexperienced Commonwealth purchasers to buy what their entity needs, simply and efficiently.
The significant additional functionality and key enhancements requested by Buyers and included in CCS Plus are summarised here.
I am now seeking feedback on the CCS Plus Approach to Market (ATM) Templateas well as the CCS Plus ATM Terms and the CCS Plus Commonwealth Contract Terms and I welcome comments from any interested person or organisation.
The CCS Plus ATM Templatecan be accessed from the Public Consultation folder on the CCS website. I also encourage you to review the CCS Plus ATM Terms and the CCS Plus Commonwealth Contract Terms.
You can provide comments on:
- The ATM Template (i.e. the online smart-form and output word document) via email to CCSDesk@finance.gov.au.
- The CCS Plus ATM Terms via the smart-form on the CCS website.
- The CCS Plus Contract Terms via the smart-form on the CCS website.
Alternatively, you can provide comments directly either below, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While I would appreciate receiving your feedback by COB Friday 23 September 2016, if you need more time, please email CCSDesk@finance.gov.au to let us know.
For those who have already used CCS, I am interested to know how likely it is that you would recommend using it to a friend or colleague. The link below will take you to a very brief survey that will help us understand your views.
The documents attached below highlight what has changed between the CCS terms and the CCS Plus terms, as well as the ATM Template.
- Consultation Draft with Markup - Approach to Market Terms
- Consultation Draft with Markup - Contract Terms
You can also view the final proposed terms below.
Last updated: 08 September 2016