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State Purchasing & Sales
Agency Number:
Start Date:
17 Jul 1989
End Date:
30 Jun 1999
On 17 July 1989, as part of a general re-organisation of the State Service, the Supply and Tender Department was renamed State Purchases and Sales (SPS) and was one of several agencies amalgamated to form the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). SPS continued Supply and Tender's role in operating as the central purchasing and stores facility for Tasmanian Government agencies. SPS operated as a division of DAS, later the Department of Administrative Services & Consumer Affairs (DASCA), until the latter was abolished on 18 February 1992 following a change of government.

SPS was significantly reformed after 1994. During 1997-98, the warehousing business, SPS Supply, was sold to the Blue Star Group and management of the Government's light vehicle fleet was contracted to Fleetcare, a subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Meanwhile, SPS continued to operate the short-term car pool in Hobart.

However, following a review of the contracts maintained by SPS, it was decided it should concentrate only on contracts of State significance to the Government and to pass responsibility for other contracts to the relevant agencies or allow the contracts to lapse.

During the 1998-99 financial year the remaining functions of SPS were subsumed into Treasury's Government Accounting, Procurement and Property Branch.
Information Sources:
Department of Treasury & Finance annual reports
Legislation Administered:
No specific legislation was administered by this Agency
Legislation Creating:
Statutory Rule 1989/No.167
Legislation Abolishing Agency:
Administrative action
Previous Agencies:
Supply and Tender Department (TA87)01 Jan 192331 Dec 1989
Series Created By Agency:
AE474 Administrative Correspondence07 Feb 198930 Jul 1998

AE473 Minutes of Meetings of the Executive Management Committee04 Feb 199410 May 1996