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22-17 Increase in tendering threshold for natural disaster response and recovery related contracts

Circular DetailsCircular No 22-17 / 10 June 2022 / A824946
Who should read thisCouncillors / General Managers / All council staff
ContactCouncil Governance Team / 02 4428 4100 / olg@olg.nsw.gov.au
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What’s new or changing

  • The Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 has been amended to prescribe a tendering threshold of $500k for contracts entered into by councils for the purpose of responding to, or recovering from, a declared natural disaster within 12 months of the declaration of the natural disaster.

What this will mean for your council

  • The amendment means that councils are not required to tender prior to entering into a contract with a value of less than $500k where the contract:
    • is primarily for the purpose of response to or recovery from a “declared natural disaster”, and
    • is entered into within 12 months after the date on which the natural disaster is declared.

Key points

  • The phrase, “declared natural disaster”, is defined in the Regulation to mean a natural disaster that has been declared in relation to the area of a council by either:
    • a Natural Disaster Declaration for the purposes of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements jointly administered by the Commonwealth and the States and Territories, or
    • a declaration under the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989, section 33.

Where to go for further information

  • For further information please contact the Council Governance Team on 4428 4100 or by email at olg@olg.nsw.gov.au.

Melanie Hawyes
Deputy Secretary, Crown Lands and Local Government