Purpose of this policy
To ensure that schools follow government purchasing policies.
A school council has authority to purchase or maintain the goods, equipment and material necessary to carry out its functions and:
- must ensure that the school complies with the Department's School Procurement Policy and the Finance Manual for Victorian Government Schools including:
- adhering to purchasing thresholds requirements
- obtaining best value for money
- issuing purchase orders for all goods and services purchased
- not allowing use of a school purchase order to buy items for personal use
- confining the authority to sign purchase orders to the principal or other designated officers approved by school council
- recording the persons authorised to sign purchase orders in the school council minutes
- leasing equipment under an operating lease where, at the end of the lease the equipment is returned to the supplier at no further cost to the school
- not leasing equipment under a finance lease where, at the end of the lease ownership of the equipment would pass to the school on payment of a residual value.
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Specific policy for cars
- may not purchase a motor vehicle without the written consent of the regional director
- should develop school policy and guidelines for permitted usage
- must take out a comprehensive insurance policy with specific indemnity to the Crown
- must register the vehicle in the name of the school council, not in a person’s name
- must purchase vehicles of Australian manufacture.
- Section 5.2.6 of the
Education and Training Reform Act 2006