The City of Ipswich undertakes substantial procurement activities in accordance with the requirements of Section 104 of the Local Government Act 2009, the Local Government Regulations 2012 and the Ipswich City Council Procurement Policy 2020-2021 (PDF, 228.8 KB).

Procurement Process

Council’s procurement strives to achieve value for money for residents while ensuring probity, transparency and accountability.

The following principles apply when council is purchasing goods, services and works:

  • Value for money
  • Open and effective competition
  • Development of competitive local business and industry
  • Environmental protection
  • Ethical behaviour and fair dealings.

Council undertakes procurement sourcing activities via VendorPanel based on the thresholds summarised below:

$ Value (excluding GST)

Minimum Purchasing Requirements *

$2,001 to $14,999

Up to three written quotes may be requested

$15,000 to $199,999

Three written quotes are required

> $200,000

Public tender

Doing Business With Council

If you are interested in doing business with council you can self-register via VendorPanel Marketplace for free. VendorPanel MarketPlace is council's chosen online platform for its tendering and quotation requirements.  Registering provides you with an opportunity to do business with council but does not automatically make you a supplier to council.


Quotations will be sourced via VendorPanel Marketplace. To have an opportunity to receive an invitation to quote suppliers must register on VendorPanel Marketplace.

For more information or enquiries regarding VendorPanel Marketplace please refer to ‘Doing Business With Council’ or contact council's Procurement Branch on (07) 3810 6666 or email

Public Tenders

In compliance with the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulations 2012, council advertises tenders via VendorPanel.

Ipswich City Council's current tenders can be viewed via the button below:

Awarded Contracts

To better achieve greater transparency in procurement and contribute to rebuilding of trust with the Ipswich community, Ipswich City Council Procurement Policy was amended at the end of July 2020 to including the following ongoing requirements:

  • Council will publish basic contract details for all awarded contracts and procurements over $10,000 (excluding GST) from August 2020; and
  • As per legislative obligations under section 237 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, Contracts Awarded $200,000 and above (excluding GST)

Click on the link for details:

All contract values contained within this document are approximate and based on an estimate of full contract term value.

Human Rights Act for Contractors

The Human Rights Act 2019 (HRA) commenced in full on 1 January 2020. The HRA imposes obligations on ‘public entities’ to act compatibly, and properly consider, human rights when undertaking acts or making decisions. Council is a ‘public entity’ for the HRA. However, it is possible that suppliers to Council may also be considered ‘public entities’ and have obligations under the HRA depending on the nature of the services they provide to council. Council has prepared a fact sheet for suppliers in relation to the HRA.

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