Overview of buying solutions

Buying arrangements

NSW Government contracts and prequalification schemes provide agencies and eligible buyers with access to approved suppliers. 

Contracts

NSW Government contracts are the main way agencies and other eligible buyers can buy goods and services. 

Under a contract, one or more suppliers of similar goods or services are appointed to supply to government. Contracts have start and end dates, and may have extension options. 

Contracts are awarded through a tender process. Tenders are advertised on the eTendering website.  

The goods and services available on contracts can be found on the eCatalogues website.

Prequalification schemes

Buyers can access a panel of prequalified suppliers under a prequalification scheme

Schemes cover a wide range of goods and services and have no fixed term. Suppliers go through an extensive assessment process to join. In most cases, suppliers can join or leave the scheme at any time.

Buying systems

Buyers can undertake approved sourcing activities through eTendering and eQuote.

eTendering

eTendering is the single entry point for NSW Government buyers and suppliers to advertise and respond to tenders. It also hosts prequalification scheme applications.

eTendering also lists upcoming, current and closed business opportunities, and details of awarded contracts over $150,000 in value.

eQuote

NSW Government buyers can use eQuote to seek and award requests for quotes (RFQs) from suppliers on prequalification schemes. 

Buyers can also use eQuote to create and manage their agency's own prequalification schemes. Please see the Prequalification scheme planning guide for more information on establishing a new scheme.