How Council buys

Understanding how Brisbane City Council purchases can improve your chances of becoming a Council supplier.


Procurement is the process of buying goods, services and works. This can include a range of things from roads, footpaths, recreational and community facilities, parks and trees to heavy vehicles, office equipment, professional services, utilities and more.

Council procurement is guided by Sound Contracting Principles set out in the City of Brisbane Act 2010  which are:

  • Value for money
  • Open and effective competition
  • Development of competitive local business and industry
  • Environmental protection
  • Ethical behaviour and fair dealing.

You can find out more about the Act on the Queensland Government website under City of Brisbane Act 2010.

For procurements worth more than $250,000, Council usually uses a public tender process. Once funding has been approved, the main steps in the tender process are:

  1. A strategy is prepared
  2. A request for tender is prepared
  3. The request is advertised
  4. Suppliers respond
  5. Tenders are evaluated and a supplier(s) are selected
  6. Contract is signed and managed
  7. Unsuccessful suppliers are notified.

Better Brisbane Proposals

Council is committed to building our local economy while creating new and innovative jobs. Council works with hundreds of small, medium and large suppliers to help deliver goods and services to residents.

The Better Brisbane Proposal initiative was established to assist Council solve problems or address opportunities to enhance services for Brisbane. Unlike traditional procurement processes, Better Brisbane Proposals enables the best solutions to be co-created, with an agile, fast-to-market approach.

Whether you are a resident, entrepreneur, business, not-for-profit organisation or academic, Council is open to collaborating on ideas that help make Brisbane better. 

Better Brisbane Proposals submitted to Council should represent value for money and contribute to Brisbane Vision 2031.

Is your idea worth submitting?

Not all ideas are right for Council so give us a call on 07 3403 8888 or email Council for a confidential discussion. We can help guide you to decide if your proposal is worth further consideration. Depending on your idea, this may include a meeting with Council officers to discuss the key attributes, benefits, requirements and assumptions underlying your proposal.

This conversation and meeting are not compulsory but will assist you to develop your idea. It will also help to identify the relevant business units in Council so that we can effectively evaluate your proposal.

Council's Procurement Policy and Plan and tender opportunities outline proposed tenders for the coming year. This information may help you develop your proposal such that it demonstrates value for Brisbane.

Submit a proposal

Before getting started, read the guide to Better Brisbane Proposals to help prepare the content of your submission and gain an understanding of the process:

Submit your proposal via the Online Submission Form

Our commitments

When submitting a Better Brisbane Proposal, Council will:

  • treat you fairly
  • respect the confidentiality of your information and intellectual property
  • provide a written outcome within a reasonable timeframe
  • bear its own costs in assessing your proposal, unless agreed by both parties.

You should be prepared to cover your own costs to attend a presentation and provide proof of concept or trial of the proposal.

Procurement Policy and Plan

Council's Procurement Policy and Plan provides detailed information about Council's procurement activities. It includes a list of the significant procurements (worth $10 million and above) planned for the financial year and also many other large procurements worth above $1 million.

You can download:

Council's Principal Arranged Construction Insurance Program

For those organisations undertaking construction work on behalf of Council, it is important to know that Council has taken out Construction (public) liability insurance and Insurance of the Works policies as part of their Principal Arranged Construction Insurance (PACI) program. 

Find more information on Council's Principal Arranged Construction Insurance Program.  

Terms and conditions 

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Last updated: 24 August 2021