Coronavirus advice: UQ imports goods from a number of regions affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Currently, the World Health Organization advises that the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from goods that have been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.

Good hand hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. Wash your hands frequently or properly use alcohol-based sanitisers. Follow good cough etiquette.

You do not need personal protective equipment (PPE) when unpacking containers. This includes gloves, gowns, eye protection or face shields.

Business units should review their supply chains and any reliance on imports from affected regions. Before you engage with a new supplier, be careful. Fraudulent suppliers have taken advantage of the current supply chain uncertainty.

IMPORTANT – Hygiene supplies

Enterprise Procurement is aware that many organisational units are experiencing difficulties in sourcing hygiene products from our existing suppliers. This includes hand sanitisers, hand wash, wipes, personal protective equipment (PPE) incl. respirators (masks), and disinfectant solutions.

Effective immediately please do not place new orders for these items via UQeMarket or directly with external suppliers. Enterprise Procurement is collaborating with local HSW managers and negotiating with a number of suppliers for central supply and distribution via UQ Stores. You will be able to order those from UQ Stores as soon as they are received and setup on UQeMarket.

If you have an immediate or urgent need (i.e. current supplies are gone or will be within 14 days) please email with details of the required products and quantity, the intended use, and any attempts to place with suppliers, including purchase order numbers if issued.

Published 26 March 2020 at 10.55am (AEST)

Procurement includes all end-to-end activities and processes to acquire goods and services.

It involves:

  • planning: identifying the need, the market and the risks to determine the most effective procurement method
  • sourcing: engaging with suppliers to obtain quotes, evaluate their offers, negotiate and take delivery of goods or services
  • managing: monitoring supplier’s performance, ensuring goods or services are being delivered, reviewing contracts, disposal.

As a statutory body, UQ is subject to the Queensland Government Procurement Policy and public scrutiny.

UQ's Procurement objectives are:  

  • enabling UQ’s strategic outcomes
  • achieving value for money
  • ensuring responsible purchasing 
  • engaging with reliable and reputable suppliers
  • maintaining integrity, fairness, transparency and accountability. 

All staff are expected to ensure these principles are applied to all purchases regardless of value.

Enterprise Procurement team

Our objectives are to:

  • guide and assist you in obtaining best value for money throughout your acquisition of goods and services
  • ensure that you and the University are not exposed to undue personal or commercial risk.

We can help with:

  • reviewing procurement plans
  • compiling tender documentation
  • drafting contractual agreements
  • managing communications with offerors
  • assist with contract management
  • advice: strategic and operational
  • QTenders submissions
  • supplier on-boarding
  • UniFi purchase order maintenance.