Ambulance Victoria’s (AV’s) purchasing activities are based on the principles outlined by the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB), underpinned by ethical behaviour and achieving best value for money outcomes, as follows:
- Probity and transparency – Demonstrating high standards of behaviour and actions in the conduct of procurement processes, including equity, confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, and consumer/supplier confidence in the integrity of government procurement processes;
- Open and fair competition – Ensuring that all vendors in the market have an equal opportunity to bid for the supply of goods and services;
- Accountability – Ensuring that the Accountable Officer has the flexibility to conduct procurement activities using appropriate capability to provide value-for-money outcomes;
- Scalability – The relationship between the complexity of a procurement project and the capability of the organisation to conduct it to achieve a good procurement outcome;
- Governance – The Governance structure embeds procurement across the organisation and ensures alignment with business planning. It encompasses greater focus on upfront strategic planning and transparency to provide consistency of market approach and better value-for-money procurement decisions.
- Value for money – Utilising a balanced judgement on a range of financial and non-financial factors, taking into account the mix of quality, cost and resources, fitness for purpose, total cost of ownership and risk.