The Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI), in consultation with industry and NSW Government agencies, has developed the NSW Government Office Furniture Prequalification Scheme. Under Procurement Board Direction 2012-02 agencies have an obligation to use this whole-of-government scheme.
The Scheme focuses on the following objectives:
(a) enhance Value for Money for the life cycle of furniture;
(b) improve quality of furniture and compliance to NSW Government legislation and policies;
(c) regular collaboration between OFS, Government agencies and Furniture Industry for continuous improvement of the arrangement;
(d) create standard furniture specifications and PSA within clustered government agencies;
(e) improve information collection, analysis and sharing through the Scheme; and (f) support environmental sustainability, Australia and New Zealand Small and Medium Enterprises, Australian Disability Enterprises and Indigenous Businesses and manufacturing.
• Continual access to new suppliers and emerging technologies. The scheme is open to new suppliers on an ongoing basis.
• Risk assessment guidelines to assist agencies select appropriate suppliers for their individual requirements.
• Ability to drive value from the scheme by assessing price and non-price factors for each engagement.
• Online eQuote tool to conduct competitive requests for quotation.
The scheme offers a panel of prequalified suppliers for purchasing and manufacturing seating, steel furniture, workstations, desks, tables and other general office furniture. Recycled furniture is also available from suppliers on the scheme.
The Scheme covers the following categories:
(a) Seating: Furniture whose primary purpose is to sit on such as office task, office general, management, office therapeutic, office heavy duty, visitors, health care, cafeteria, TAFE chairs, reception lounge.
(b) Steel Furniture: Furniture made of steel such as filing cabinets, plan cabinets, storage cabinets (general, security, key, personal, hazardous, workshop, industrial), safes (general, fire rated, drug, rifle), shelving (compactus, mobile, static, pallet racking, library).
(c) Workstations Systems and Companion Accessories: Desks, screens, pedestals, shelves, storage cabinets, meeting tables.
(d) Other Office Furniture (not listed above): Other Office Furniture that doesn’t fall into any of the other categories including but not limited to meeting room tables, timber storage cabinets, occasional tables, coat stands and products made in laminate, timber or other materials such as stone or glass.
(e) Recycled and Refurbished Furniture – Workstations systems and Steel Furniture only.
(a) High price or luxury furniture products;
(b) School furniture (a separate arrangement owned and managed by the Department of Education and Communities);
(c) Hospital Furniture (a separate arrangement owned and managed by NSW Health); and
(d) Clinical Furniture defined as furniture which is required to meet a clinical function and/or resides within a clinical environment (clinical furniture is required to meet work health and safety and infection control standards in addition to meeting functional requirements).
3. Northern Sydney
4. Inner West
5. South East Sydney
6. South West Sydney
7. Central Coast
9. Central West
10. Orana / Far West
12. Far North Coast
13. Mid North Coast
14. New England
16. Southern Highlands