Responsibility for policy: Chief Operating Officer
Approving authority: Vice-Chancellor
Last reviewed: January 2023
Next review date: January 2028
- This policy applies to all staff of the University of Waikato.
- This policy applies to all transactional purchasing activities using funds held or managed by the University of Waikato, regardless of their source, and including Research Trust funds.
- The purpose of this policy is to set out the principles and processes that apply with respect to purchasing undertaken by staff on behalf of the University.
- The following documents set out further information relevant to this policy:
- Alcohol on University Premises Policy
- Art Collection Policy
- Branded Merchandise Policy
- Capital Asset Policy
- Desktop Computer Standards: Provisioning, Replacement, Disposal and Redeployment
- Financial Authority Policy
- Financial Ethics Policy
- Fundraising and Philanthropy Acceptance Policy
- Gift Acceptance Policy
- Interests (Conflicts of Interest) Policy
- Koha and Donations Policy
- Mobile Device Policy
- PCard Policy
- Procurement Policy
- Safety and Wellness Policy
- Staff Code of Conduct
- Supplier Code of Conduct
- Sustainability Plan
- Travel Policy
- University of Waikato Fringe Benefit Tax Guide
- Vehicle Use Policy
- Voucher Guidelines
- In this policy:
hospitality means the provision of food and drink to cater for the wellbeing of students, visitors to the University or external stakeholders
hospitality partner means the University's catering company which has been awarded the status of preferred supplier for catering services following a competitive tender process
ICT equipment means desktop computers, laptops, servers, monitors, printers, audio-visual (AV) equipment, software and network equipment, but excludes mobile devices such as mobile phones, smart phones (internet capable mobile phones), tablets (e.g. iPads), data cards and/or mobile broadband devices and IT consumables such as printer cartridges, whether capitalised or not
mobile device means a mobile phone, smart phone (internet capable mobile phone), tablet (e.g. iPad), data card and/or mobile broadband device purchased partly or fully with University funds
preferred supplier means a supplier that has been awarded 'preferred supplier' status for the supply of specified goods, services and/or works following a competitive tender process which has resulted in a procurement contract
procurement means the identification of potential suppliers, the tender process, the selection of a preferred supplier, the contract negotiation and the management of the contract
purchase means the transactional process used to enable the buying and selling of goods, services and/or works following a procurement process
purchase order means the approved University process undertaken through Unimarket by which goods, services and/or works are purchased and supplied
self-catered means catered by means other than through the University’s hospitality partner, e.g. food and beverages purchased from supermarkets
voucher means a document or card that is exchangeable for goods, services and/or works to a specified value
whole-of-life cost means the total cost, including purchase cost, operating costs, maintenance costs and residual value (where applicable) for the life of a contractual term.
- University funds may only be used for University business.
- Where preferred suppliers for the provision of specific goods, services and/or works have been determined in accordance with the Procurement Policy, those suppliers should be used to purchase those goods, services and/or works.
- Where there is choice of preferred suppliers for particular goods, services and/or works staff may choose which one to use, following the Procurement Principles set out in Appendix 2 of the Procurement Policy.
- When purchasing items for which a preferred supplier contract is not in place, staff must satisfy themselves that the purchase offers the most cost-effective 'whole-of-life cost' for the University; in the event that the purchase may be continual or of high value the Procurement Policy should be followed.
- When purchasing items for which a preferred supplier contract is not in place, staff must satisfy themselves that the purchase will ensure compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct and the Safety and Wellness Policy.
- Staff must raise purchase orders before goods or services are supplied.
- Staff must not approve purchase orders that they themselves have raised.
- Staff must not approve full payment prior to the completion of the services or works or delivery of the goods unless approved in advance by the relevant Business Owner.
- Unless negotiated otherwise and approved by the Procurement Manager, all purchasing agreements must include a reference to, and comply with, the University's Standard Terms and Conditions of Purchase.
- The Chief Operating Officer, the Vice-Chancellor and the relevant approving authority (as set out in the Financial Authority Policy) have the authority to disallow any expenditure that they consider, at their discretion, to be unreasonable.
Authorised purchasing systems
- Staff who wish to purchase goods, services and/or works must do so through one of the following authorised purchasing systems, and in the following order of preference:
- Staff must not use online staff claims to circumvent the use of preferred suppliers.
- Online staff claims are subject to approval by the staff member's line manager who, before approving such claims, must be satisfied that the claim is appropriate and does not circumvent use of the University's preferred supplier arrangements.
- a purchase order generated through Unimarket
- a University PCard in accordance with the PCard Policy.
- an online staff claim.
- Where preferred suppliers for the provision of specific goods, services and/or works have been determined under the Procurement Policy, those suppliers should be the primary providers to be used to purchase those goods, services and/or works such as vehicle fleet, travel, catering, ICT equipment and stationery.
Conflicts of interest
- Staff who have a conflict of interest, actual or perceived, that may affect their impartiality when conducting purchasing on behalf of the University must ensure that it is recorded in the University’s Interest Register through Kuhukuhu (Financial Services: Interest Declaration).
- Responsibility for determining how to address a conflict of interest identified under clause 20 of this policy rests with the Chief Operating Officer.
- Preferred supplier arrangements are in place for the purchase of ICT equipment; staff who wish to purchase ICT equipment must do so in accordance with the Desktop Computer Standards: Provisioning, Replacement, Disposal and Redeployment.
- ICT equipment must be purchased and recorded in accordance with the Capital Asset Policy.
- Any ICT purchases or replacements either within the ICT expenditure budget or outside of the budget should be in line with the Desktop Computer Standards: Provisioning, Replacement, Disposal and Redeployment.
- The purchase and disposal of vehicles for the University fleet and the repairs and maintenance of those vehicles whether owned or leased by the University of Waikato may only be initiated by the Chief Operating Officer.
- A preferred supplier agreement is in place for all travel undertaken for and on behalf of the University.
- The purchasing requirements and process associated with travel are set out in the Travel Policy.
Staff gifts, benefits, functions and meetings
- Under no circumstances may a staff member obtain cash from University funds unless it is an approved per diem payment under the provisions of the Travel Policy, an approved cash advance for international travel in accordance with the PCard Policy, or drawn via PCard by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori or delegated authority for the purpose of koha in accordance with the Koha and Donations Policy.
- Expenditure on gifts or other benefits which are not legitimately associated with a staff member's employment may be subject to Fringe Benefit Tax, the additional costs of which will be borne by the relevant cost centre, and will be equivalent to approximately 63% of the GST inclusive value of the benefit; advice about Fringe Benefit Tax can be obtained from the Chief Operating Officer.
- Expenditure associated with special staff functions (e.g. pōwhiri, staff departures, end-of-year lunches) and professional development is permissible provided that such functions are directly related to the business activities of the organisational area concerned and have been approved in advance by the relevant Business Owner.
- The reasonable cost of providing gifts to staff in circumstances involving hospitalisation or bereavement is permissible provided it is approved in advance by the relevant Business Owner.
- Subject to the prior approval of the relevant Business Owner, the University will meet the cost of gifts to staff upon retirement after ten years' service, up to a maximum value of $200.
- Expenditure on food and drink for staff meetings is not permissible unless the meeting is required to be held at a time of the day outside normal working hours and the expenditure has been authorised in advance by the relevant Head of School, Director or equivalent.
- Staff who wish to purchase vouchers must seek prior approval to do so through Kuhukuhu (Financial Services: Voucher Purchase Request) in accordance with the Voucher Guidelines.
Hospitality and catering
- The primary intention of providing hospitality is to cater for the wellbeing of students, visitors to the University or external stakeholders to a level that satisfies the business objectives inherent in the situation concerned.
- Expenditure on hospitality is subject to the prior approval of the relevant line manager and must be demonstrably linked to the business of the University.
- The University’s preferred supplier of catering services must be approached in the first instance to provide all food and beverages (including alcohol) for events, functions and conferences held on the Hamilton campus and official University events held off campus but within the Waikato region, with the exception of events involving 15 or fewer people which may be self-catered.
- Where the University’s preferred supplier declines to provide catering services for a particular event, the University may engage with another catering supplier at its discretion for that event.
- Line managers are responsible for ensuring that staff attendance at events involving hospitality and/or entertainment is limited to those staff essential to the business concerned.
- While it is recognised that hospitality can be a matter of cultural significance, expenditure must be balanced with the University's accountabilities associated with the use of public monies.
Responsibility for monitoring compliance
- The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for monitoring compliance with this policy and reporting any breaches to the Vice-Chancellor.
- Breaches of this policy may result in disciplinary action under the Staff Code of Conduct.
The term ‘School’ in this policy includes Faculties and the term ‘Head of School’ includes Deans.