About the guide
The National Waste Policy: Less waste, more resources contains strategies to improve the use of resources in Australia. One such strategy is for all governments to embody and promote sustainable procurement principles and practices within their own operations (Strategy 2).
Sustainable procurement aims to reduce the adverse environmental, social and economic impacts of purchased products and services throughout their life, and can include considerations such as waste disposal and the cost of operation and maintenance over the life of the goods. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities commissioned ECO-Buy to develop the Sustainable procurement guide to assist Australian Government purchasers to include sustainability considerations in all stages of the procurement process, from identifying the business need to disposing of goods.
The Sustainable procurement guide describes a number of ways to do this, such as using the value for money assessment and understanding the supply chain. It provides measures that can be used in any procurement within the requirements of the Australian Government financial framework.