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Procurement and Grants

Procurement and Grants in DHS is underpinned by these key procurement principles:

  • Achieving value for money
  • Supporting and strengthening collaborative relationships
  • Maximising the opportunity for South Australian business participation
  • Promoting innovation through outcomes-based procurement, and
  • Maintaining probity, accountability, and transparency.

DHS has adopted best practice principles for government and not-for-profit sector funding relationships. These are outlined in the South Australian Funding Policy for the Not-for-Profit Sector (DPC044):

  • robust planning and design
  • collaboration and partnership
  • proportionality
  • an outcomes orientation
  • achieving value with relevant money
  • governance and accountability
  • probity and transparency
  • community development principles.

The department’s purpose is to deliver strategies, programs and services that improve the wellbeing and safety of South Australians. We aim to leverage our procurement of goods and services to achieve sustainable and social outcomes. This includes encouraging procurement from Aboriginal Business Enterprises and Australian Disability Enterprises. If you are an organisation that has a commitment to supporting people with disability or supporting people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, we want to hear from you. Email us to be included on the register.

The DHS Procurement and Grants Unit (PGU) is responsible for providing a procurement and grants consultancy service that:

  • adds value through cost savings
  • minimises risk
  • achieves social outcomes, and
  • encourages innovation and contribution to DHS and SA Government strategic goals.

Procurement and Grants Unit also:

  • Ensures compliance with Treasurers Instruction 18, the SA Government’s procurement policy framework, Premier and Cabinet Circulars and the DHS procurement and grants policy in an efficient manner;
  • Reports on procurement and contracting activities and outcomes.

Forward Procurement Planning

Procurement Services SA publishes a Forward Procurement Plan on behalf of all public authorities to inform prospective suppliers about future procurement opportunities. The Forward Procurement Plan shows forecast procurement activity for DHS and other SA Government Agencies over the following 24-month period.


DHS Procurement
Postal address: GPO Box 292 Adelaide SA 5001


To obtain a copy of these policies, email

  • Procurement and Grants Policy
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Fraud and Corruption Control Framework
  • Gifts and Benefits Guideline
  • Contract Register and Disclosure Guideline
  • Supplier Complaints Procedure


Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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