Supplying to Curtin

Our procurement efforts strive to support Curtin’s commitment to innovation, quality, excellence, safety, sustainability, diversity, inclusion, and ethical sourcing.

The Strategic Procurement team is the first point of contact for potential suppliers of goods and services. Our team regularly conducts market analyses for all categories of supply. If you wish to be considered for future opportunities, please register your interest with us by emailing

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Payments to suppliers

During this time of uncertainty, Curtin has an ongoing commitment to continually improve the speed and accuracy of our payments to suppliers. Following our invoicing requirements helps to minimise delays in processing and payment. Please see improved invoice processing for further information. If you have any queries about a payment please email or call +61 8 9266 2045.

What we value

Our supplier relationships are important to us. We are always seeking suppliers who understand and align with these values; who deliver well priced, good quality products and services to help support our core business of teaching and research while enabling us to better serve the communities in which we operate.

Indigenous engagement

To support Indigenous engagement, we actively look for opportunities to engage Indigenous businesses in our supply chain. We are members of Supply Nation and Curtin was the first Australian teaching and research institution to develop and implement a Reconciliation Action Plan.

Innovation, excellence, sustainability and safety

In our drive to achieve sustainability, our Perth Campus in Bentley, Western Australia was awarded Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating. We evaluate the whole of lifecycle benefits and costs in our procurement efforts and work to ensure that innovation, excellence, safety and sustainability are given due consideration when we select products and services.

Diversity, inclusion and ethical sourcing

As a global university, we are committed to embracing diversity in its broadest sense and to just and ethical sourcing; we take modern slavery seriously and expect our suppliers to do the same. We also incorporate universal design into our procurement planning processes, to support our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

Suppliers as partners

Many of our suppliers partner with us in other ways to our mutual benefit, through activities such as graduate programs, career fairs and events, work experience placements, research partnerships, mentoring and philanthropy. More information on how we partner with industry and employers can be found at Engage.

What we buy

Curtin is a large and complex organisation, which means we purchase a very broad range of goods and services. Our external spend is approximately $300 million per annum, arranged into four main categories.

Business services

This category supports our whole of University and corporate services activities. It includes financial and professional services, insurance, legal services, training and HR services, logistics, storage, advertising and media, events management and promotions, catering, office and staff supplies, fleet, transport and travel.

More information on business services can be obtained by contacting Strategic Procurement at

Property and facilities

This category includes both operational and construction-related services for the built form and property-related services, such as cleaning, grounds, security, parking, waste management, furniture and fittings, plant and equipment, consultancy services, trade services, head contractors, real estate services, sporting facilities, utilities and renewables.

Find more information on working with Property, Facilities and Development. 

Research and teaching

This category includes research supplies and services, laboratory gases and supplies, research equipment and servicing, teaching and student related expenses, and library materials.


This category includes hardware and software, printing, networks, IT consultancy, data storage, cloud infrastructure, ICT maintenance and support services, mobile devices and telecommunications.

How we buy

Strategic procurement

The Strategic Procurement team supports the purchasing needs of all areas of the University and is located at the Perth campus in Bentley, Western Australia. For large, high value, service critical and complex purchases our category specialists plan specific approaches to market to assist our internal stakeholders to secure the products and services they require.

Where competitive approaches to market are undertaken, we use Curtin’s electronic tendering portal.

If you would like to register your interest in supplying to Curtin, please email

Common use arrangements

Curtin is authorised to purchase from contracted suppliers under the Western Australian State Government’s Common Use Arrangements (CUA). Further information on CUAs is available from:

Western Australian State Government’s Common Use Arrangements (CUA).

University procurement hub

Curtin participates in the University Procurement Hub (UPH), an initiative involving 17 Australian Universities which provides Curtin with savings through aggregated buying.

For further information on the UPH and to register your interest please refer to the Australian University Senior Finance Officer Group (AUSFOG) website.

Terms and Conditions

Where a contract is executed between Curtin and a supplier, the contract terms and conditions are usually specific to that supply arrangement.

Fraudulent Purchase Orders 
The use of identify theft to defraud is a growing problem for both individuals and organisations. Curtin has become aware of a number of instances in recent months whereby fake purchase orders, whether by email, phone or other means, purporting to be from Curtin University, have been made to companies.

We recommend that all suppliers place increased emphasis on checking the validity of purchase orders, whether from Curtin University or other customers. If there is any reason for you to question an order from Curtin University please feel free to contact us by phone on +61 8 9266 3815 or email

Purchase orders
View our terms and conditions for purchase orders.