Information for suppliers of goods and services

This information is for existing and potential providers who supply goods and services to the Ministry of Education.

How we buy things

Purchasing methods

Find out more about how we buy goods and services and key things the we take into account when deciding how to buy goods and services:

Purchasing methods

Procurement principles

We apply the principles of government procurement and the government’s standards of good practice to all procurement activity.

The principles of government procurement are:

  • plan and manage for great results
  • be fair to all suppliers
  • get the right supplier
  • get the best deal for everyone
  • play by the rules.

More information on these principles can be found on the NZ Government Procurement website.

Principles, charter and rules – NZ Government Procurement(external link)

New contract opportunities

Current opportunities

We advertise our current provider opportunities (open tenders) on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS).

Contract opportunities – GETS(external link)

You can register with GETS to see the latest government tenders. Once you are registered on GETS as a supplier (provider of goods and/or services) you can view detailed information, access documents and receive notifications of relevant opportunities. There is no cost to register or use GETS.

Future opportunities

Each year we publish an annual procurement plan on the NZ Government Procurement website. The annual procurement plan is a forecast of expected procurements that can provide advanced notice of potential contract opportunities.

Annual procurement plans are completed at a point in time and are subject to revision and cancellation at any time.

Future contract opportunities – NZ Government Procurement(external link)

Purchase orders and invoicing

Getting paid accurately and on time is important. To avoid delays follow the purchase orders and invoicing guidelines.

Purchase orders and invoicing guidelines

Our terms of purchase

The Ministry of Education has standard terms and conditions we use when there is no other contract in place.

The standard terms and conditions can be downloaded and read from the link below.

Standard terms of purchase [PDF, 181 KB] (last updated 2 June 2016) 

If you have any problems downloading or accessing this document, please contact

Health and safety

Our health and safety standards

When working with us you will need to follow our health and safety standards.

We all play a part in protecting the health and safety of ourselves and others in the workplace.

If you are providing goods and services to us, we require you to follow our health and safety standards. Your contract may have additional health and safety requirements that must also be implemented.

Health and safety resources

If you have any problems accessing these links please contact

Useful resources

Information about working with the Ministry and wider government.

If you have any problems accessing these links, email

Providing learning resources to schools

Opportunities to produce Ministry-funded learning resources or to be a part of supplier panels to produce these resources are advertised on the Government Electronic Tender service GETS.

The Ministry is not able to endorse learning products other than those procured and contracted through this tendering process.

Contract opportunities – GETS(external link)

Individual New Zealand schools and Communities of Learning are able to make independent choices about which additional learning resources they purchase to support their students’ education. Suppliers are able to approach schools directly to promote their learning resources. A full list of schools is available on the Education Counts website.

Find a school – Education Counts(external link)

The Ministry’s Education Gazette magazine is distributed to all schools and resource suppliers can advertise their learning resources in this publication. Advertising rates and booking information can be found on the Education Gazette website.

Paid advertising guide – Education Gazette(external link)

When producing educational resources, it is important to ensure that they are high quality and effective. The information sheet below includes 8 principles to help providers design effective resources.

Information sheet: Effective education resources [PDF, 336 KB]

For more information, email

School property procurement

Our information for property suppliers page covers:

  • New Zealand's school property portfolio
  • how funding works
  • project management and procurement processes.

Information for property suppliers

If you have a question about school property procurement email:

Contact us


PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140
DX Number: SR51201

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