Common Use Agreements and economic common sense
Mindarie Primary School P&C Association Inc.
A Common Use Arrangement (CUA) is a whole of government standing offer arrangement for the provision of specific goods or services commonly used within government. CUAs are aggregated supply arrangements that enable a public authority to source goods or services.
Where a CUA has been established, a public authority must purchase under it in accordance with the relevant Buyers Guide, except where and to the extent that an authorised officer of the Department of Finance, approves alternative arrangements.
A plan to re-develop a school library has been costed, using suppliers dictated to us under the Common Use Agreement. We have also asked a local builder to provide estimates for the same work. The local builder is able to save us more than ten thousand dollars on just one item inserting a new door. We have the opportunity to save money and reallocate. P&C organisations are committed to raising funds to help our childrens education, and we are continually frustrated that our hard earned funds are spent on over-inflated pricing.
Principals now have the autonomy to hire teaching staff, but are still unable to hire reputable, local tradespersons to complete works at a fraction of the cost of those under the CUA. Surely, the school and P&C funds are better spent on providing support for improving education, rather than over-paying for building works.
That WACSSO requests the Director General of Education and the State Government to re-evaluate the Common User Agreements to allow business managers and school Principals to have the autonomy to obtain the best price in the interests of the school.