Australia Implements Treaty Enforcement Regime

By Paul Emanuelli

In May 2017 Australia’s government introduced the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill 2017 for second reading in Australia’s House of Representatives. As the responsible Minister noted, the new law will “establish an independent and effective complaints mechanism for procurement processes that will be consistent with obligations in the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement, as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” The new bid enforcement regime will give Australia’s federal court the power to grant injunctions or payment of compensation for contravention of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.