Learn about procurement exemptions and how to apply for one.
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This process must be followed if applying for a procurement exemption.
In exceptional situations, there may be reasons why it is not appropriate to follow the standard property procurement rules. Therefore, schools can apply for procurement exemptions.
An exceptional situation might be:
- an emergency or urgent situation
- when only one supplier is on the market (for technical or intellectual property reasons)
- when additional requirements arise during a project, but a change of supplier cannot be made either:
- for technical reasons
- because it would result in significant inconvenience
- because it would result in significant duplication of cost.
Procurement exemptions can allow the use of a simpler approach to market method. This method would ordinarily be used for a purchase of a lower value.
For more information on approach to market methods and value thresholds, see the pages below.
Allowing the planned use of a simpler approach to market
Procurement exemptions can allow the planned use of a simpler approach to market method. This method would ordinarily be used only for a purchase of a lower value.
For example, an exemption can allow the use of a closed tender instead of an open tender, when a purchase is valued at $260,000 (which is ordinarily above the maximum value permitted for the use of a closed tender).
Allowing the past use of a simpler approach to market method
Procurement exemptions can allow the past use of an approach to market method, when the cost of a project has unexpectedly increased during the works and the value of the purchase has increased to sit within a higher value threshold (and more complex approach to market method).
For example, a project may originally be valued within the threshold for a direct source approach to market. The direct source process is followed and soon after works begin, the engaged supplier discovers an urgent need for additional work.
The whole project is then valued at a price which, if originally planned for, would have required a closed tender approach (not the direct source method that was used).
In this situation, a procurement exemption can approve the use of the original direct source approach to market and allow the already engaged supplier to complete all required work.
The procurement officer completes the Procurement Exemption Request.
The completed form is approved by the procurement sponsor.
The form is sent to the Ministry's school property advisor (procurement leader).
For procurement values under $100,000, the Ministry's school property advisor has the ability to approve the exemption.
For higher values, the procurement leader must escalate the request.
See more on roles in property procurement.
Regardless of the application outcome, retain records of the process.
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