Doing Business with Council
Council values its relationship with suppliers, but has a responsibility to ensure that all transactions are entered into ensuring impartiality and fairness and offering the best possible value for money. For that reason, Council is providing a suite of current policies and procedures relevant to ‘Doing Business with Council’.
Please read the Yass Valley Council’s GOV-POL-5 Statement of Business Ethics, which sets out the ethical ground rules for conducting business with Council. You are urged to ensure that all relevant people within your organisation read and understand this document.
Please also see the Yass Valley Council’s FM-POL-1 Procurement Policy which documents the guiding principles for Council and its employees in the procurement of goods and services.
Invoicing and Payments
Yass Valley Council standard terms of payment are up to 30 days from the receipt of a correctly presented tax invoice to the Finance Section.
Individual Council officers do not have the authority to make or guarantee the date on which a payment will be processed. If you require confirmation of a payment date, please contact the Finance Section directly.
The Purchase Order number must be shown on all tax invoices. Tax Invoice requirements and examples can be found here.
The Purchase Order number is the key to all processes associated with paying accounts on time and must be quoted to ensure prompt payment
Where items are purchased using a Council credit card, the invoice relating to the purchase must be endorsed as paid by corporate credit card and be posted, emailed or faxed to Council within 48 hours. In addition, the name of the Council officer shown on the credit card must be displayed on the invoice/receipt.
Not Quoting an ABN
In accordance with the Australian Tax Office, Council requires all suppliers who do not have an ABN (or do not quote their ABN) to complete a ‘Statement by Supplier’ declaration form and attach it with every invoice submitted. This form can be found here.
Councils preferred method is to have all invoices emailed to email@example.com this is a group email and will ensure your invoice is registered and processed in our system for prompt payment. Invoices received via mail are date stamped and emailed daily to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If tax invoices are delivered with goods, handed to Council officers or submitted in any other way, there can be no guarantee that they will reach the Finance Section. This may result in delayed payment of your account.
In addition to the information detailed in the above documents, we would draw your
attention to the following policy requirements.
- GOV-POL-21 Gifts and Benefits - Council policy prohibits the acceptance of any gift or benefit by a Council employee where it could be, or may be seen to be, a means of influence that can compromise, or appear to compromise, that employee’s decision making, integrity and impartiality. Suppliers to Council should not offer any gifts or benefits to Council employees.
- No Order No Supply – All Council purchases for goods or services must be accompanied by an official Council purchase order. Suppliers should not accept verbal orders from Council employees.