Appendix C. About this assurance review

Matters referred to the Auditor-General

During September and October 2020 the Auditor-General received separate referrals relating to procurement activities at DHHS, Parks Victoria and DJPR.

One referral alleged that DHHS, in engaging community service providers to deliver the Victorian Family Preservation and Reunification Response:

  • may not have managed a perceived conflict of interest
  • appointed providers that did not meet the tender criteria.

A second referral alleged that Parks Victoria:

Managing Conflicts of Interest in Procurement

This limited assurance review assessed if Parks Victoria and the former Department of Health and Human Services followed their procurement policies and procedures for their respective procurements of an archaeological surveyor and community service providers.

Appendix E. DJPR's procurement procedures

DJPR's procurement policy (April 2019) includes provision for management of critical incidents.

Section 3.5 provides information about exemptions. Section 3.5.2 explains that a critical incident is automatic grounds for an exemption from the prescribed market approach (amongst others). Section 3.5.3 offers a process for an exemption from using a mandatory SPC.

Section 6.1 includes information about the fundamental principle of probity.

Section 11 explains the requirements under a critical incident.