Purchasing and procurement


​​The department undertakes its purchasing and procurement activities in accordance with the Queensland Procurement Policy and the ​ Purchasing and Procurement procedure.

The department has developed a Procurement Plan, Procurement Function Structure and Procurement Spend Profile to express the objectives of the procurement function and strategies to achieve better outcomes.

For purchases up to the value of $100,000, this activity is undertaken by purchasing officers located in schools, regional and corporate offices. Purchasing staff are required to follow the department's Purchasing and Procurement procedure when purchasing goods and services for their school or business area. Where a department or Queensland Government supply arrangement is available, this is the first option for purchasing goods and services. Many of these supply arrangements are listed on the Queensland Contracts Directory. If a supply arrangement is not available, the purchase is to be sourced in accordance with the department's minimum quotation requirements. The applicable departmental Purchase terms and conditions are used for these supply agreements and should be referenced on any purchase order issued. Purchases made by Parents & Citizens Associations are to follow the Purchasing Policies and Procedures for P&Cs.

For procurements over the value of $100,000, including the establishment of standing offer and pre-qualified supplier arrangements, this activity is undertaken by procurement delegates located in the central corporate procurement and capital works areas. The procurement strategy most appropriate to the delivery of the best procurement outcome is determined based on an assessment of complexity, scope, opportunities and risk associated with procurement objectives, as well as the level of competition in the supply market. The applicable Government terms and conditions are used for these supply agreements. The department uses the QTender system to advertise and manage open invitations to the market.

Suppliers who would like the opportunity to bid for inclusion in a departmental supply arrangement, should register on the QTender website for notification of business opportunities. In addition, suppliers may like to market products and services directly to schools or business areas through their preferred marketing method or by utilising the department's payslip advertising. Associations that may also be useful in marketing products to schools include School Business Managers' Association of Queensland , P&Cs Queensland, Queensland Secondary Principals' Association (high schools) and Queensland Association of State School Principals (primary schools).

To better understand how to bid for government business, refer to the How to supply to govern​ment website or contact the departmental contacts below.

Skills Investment and Market Strategy

Skills Investment and Market Strategy is a division of the Department of Education responsible for leading the development of strategies to meet the skilling needs of industry through the effective allocation of public funding for vocational education and training.

The division manages a range of vocational education and training (VET) procurement strategies under the following programs:

User Choice provides funding for accredited training for apprentices and trainees in Queensland

Certificate 3 Guarantee allows eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school certificate level III qualification including fee free training opportunities for school leavers

Registered Trade Skills Pathway is a new pilot program aimed at assisting non-qualified workers to gain a trade qualification

For further information, visit the Training website for program details and eligibility requirements.

Last updated 19 July 2023