- 1. Contracting in the Public Sector
- 2. Developing the Contract
- 3. Formalising the Contract
- 4. Entity Arrangements for Managing Contracts
- 5. Managing the Contract
- 6. Ending the Contract
- Managing the contract checklist
- Example contract management plan for simple procurements
- Example contract management plan for large/complex procurements
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This part of the Guide discusses formalising the contract between the acquiring entity and the contractor.
The purpose of this phase is to ensure that the signed contract represents a value for money outcome and is a legally enforceable document between the acquiring entity and the contractor.
For straightforward contracts, formalising the contract is likely to require minimal effort. For more complex contracts, this phase may require considerable planning and effort over a longer period of time.
Negotiation is a common feature of contract finalisation for both straightforward and complex contracts.
Negotiation is a common feature of contract finalisation for both straightforward and complex contracts. Negotiations are not required in all cases but can assist in obtaining overall value for money and in finalising the contract terms and conditions, such as contract deliverables, developing and agreeing the performance regime and payment arrangements.
In formalising the contract, it is important that the signed contract accurately reflects all discussions and agreements between the parties, and is approved and signed by those with the relevant authority. Once the contract is awarded there may need to be a public announcement. Unsuccessful tenderers will need to be advised and debriefed, and any complaints addressed.
 Payment arrangements are discussed in Appendix 2.1
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