Australia: New procurement rules empower companies to challenge government agencies

23 Apr 19: Companies now have more options to challenge Commonwealth procurement decisions in the Federal Court following legislation that came into force over the Easter long weekend. Procurement officers still go about their work as usual, following the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, but now if prospective suppliers suspect public servants have breached them, or intend to, they can freeze the process. They could also take the agency to court and claim compensation for the cost of writing up their tender and making the complaint, if their concerns are found to be valid.