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Ethical Supplier Mandate and Ethical Supplier Threshold

The Queensland Government is committed to doing business with suppliers who deliver genuine, quality, secure ongoing jobs with fair pay and safe working conditions for Queenslanders.

The Ethical Supplier Mandate will benefit suppliers as well as workers and the broader Queensland community by:

  • ensuring suppliers are treated fairly and not exposed to undercutting and unjust competition
  • making Queensland workplaces fairer and safer
  • ensuring that Queensland taxpayers' money is used to build the local economy and support quality Queensland jobs.

The Mandate will ensure that businesses supplying to Government uphold their social, economic and environmental commitments as made in tenders and contracts, or required by policies or laws. The Mandate will hold non-compliant, unethical suppliers to account.

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Ethical Supplier Mandate and Ethical Supplier Threshold

Ethical Supplier Threshold

When will the Ethical Supplier Mandate apply?

The Mandate is being implemented in phases within budget sector agencies, starting on:

  • 1 August 2019 for Building, Construction and Maintenance suppliers
  • 1 October 2019 for Transport, Infrastructure and Services suppliers.

Suppliers in other categories of spend, and suppliers to government owned corporations and statutory bodies, may start to notice references to the Ethical Supplier Mandate in tenders and contracts from 2020. See the table below for more information.

Budget sector agencies

Government owned corporations

Statutory bodies

Special purpose vehicles

Ethical Supplier Threshold

From 01/08/2019

From 01/08/2019

From 01/08/2019

From 01/08/2019

Ethical Supplier Mandate

Buildin​​​g, Construction and Maintenance category from 01/08/2019

Transport, Infrastructure and Services category from 01/10/2019

Other categories determined in 2020

Determined in 2020

Determined in 2​020

Determined in 2020

How the Ethical Supplier Mandate will work

The Mandate will only impact suppliers that repeatedly breach contractual obligations, policies or laws, unless their conduct is due to an honest mistake, oversight, or accident.

Demerits will be issued to suppliers on a sliding scale for minor, moderate and major compliance issues.

A supplier may be sanctioned if it breaches the Ethical Supplier Threshold or reaches 20 demerits within a 12-month period. Sanctions affect access to future contracts, not current contracts, however, where a supplier is sanctioned and has an existing contract with government, extension options under that contract will not be exercised.

Suppliers suspected of unethical behaviour will be offered procedural fairness through the opportunity to respond to all allegations and actions, at multiple stages in the process. An appeals process will also be available to suppliers, where they feel unjustly sanctioned.

Information on a supplier's demerits and sanctions will not be made public.

Ensuring compliance

On 1 July 2018, a compliance unit was established to audit and handle complaints about supplier compliance under the Buy Queensland approach. This unit will now also administer the Ethical Supplier Mandate and Ethical Supplier Threshold.

Email the compliance team at ethicalsupply@hpw.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 105 030.​​​​​​​​​​



Last updated 30 September 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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