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Competitive tendering and contracting public sector services in Australia – a facilities management issue

P.D. Steane (Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Australia.)
D.H.T. Walker (Professor at the Department of Building and Construction Economics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 1 May 2000

Abstract

Public sector regimes in Australasia are reforming their operations to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. Competition and contracts are presented as mechanisms facilitating such reform in areas such as costs, productivity and quality. This paper argues that short‐term contractual arrangements such as compulsory tendering do not live up to such reformist expectations. Unresolved questions thus preclude any final judgement about the benefits claimed for contracts and tendering in public management. In pursuing “best value” procurement policies, the public sector should consider delivery of services as a facilities management issue. Furthermore, business practice suggests that success is linked to an ability to be flexible in environments noted for change more than constancy. However, the preference given to competitive tendering and contracting (CTC) and more specifically to compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) by state and federal governments in Australia limits the growth of networks at community levels. The policy arena from which CCT derives is more transitory and limited in scope. The notion of compulsory tendering through market competition is discussed and challenged. The authors conclude that good procurement of facilities is a result of strategic linkages.

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Steane, P.D. and Walker, D.H.T. (2000), "Competitive tendering and contracting public sector services in Australia – a facilities management issue", Facilities, Vol. 18 No. 5/6, pp. 245-255. https://doi.org/10.1108/02632770010328144

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