Training and Professional Development Opportunities

As part of a new focus on creating a strong, professional  workforce to undertake the procurement and contract management functions required across the Australian Public Service (APS), the Procurement Division of the Department of Finance (Finance) provides support to procurement officers and contract managers to perform their roles through information sharing, informal and formal training, improving the framework for career development  and providing contextual advice.

Information Sharing

To support Commonwealth officers undertaking procurement and contract management as the major part of their duties to keep up to date with developments, the Procurement Division holds regular forums to share information, raise topics of interest and provide an opportunity for people from all agencies to network.

To register your interest in receiving invitations to the Forums, propose a topic for a Forum, or to speak at a Forum, please email forum@finance.gov.au.

The Procurement Bulletin is produced monthly and emailed to interested officers. To receive the Bulletin, please email forum@finance.gov.au.

Professional Development Framework

Informal Training

Finance runs a seminar, Procurement Foundations, on an on demand basis. The seminar introduces participants to the detailed information about the Financial and Procurement Policy Frameworks that all officers undertaking procurements need to know. While the seminar is primarily aimed at officers new to Procurement, officers seeking to refresh their knowledge will also find the information useful.

From September 2011, Finance will also be offering a Contract Management Foundations seminar which will cover the fundamentals of contract management for those who are inexperienced contract managers. This will be run on an on demand basis, so please register your interest by emailing forum@finance.gov.au

An occasional series entitled Procurement for Practitioners is also run as topics arise. Each seminar is specifically designed around a topical issue. The seminar is aimed at experienced procurement officers who wish to increase their knowledge of various aspects of procurement. Notice of these seminars is provided via the Procurement Bulletin.

All seminars are usually held in Canberra but may be held in other centres when sufficient expressions of interest have been received. To register your interest, please email forum@finance.gov.au.

The Australian Public Service Commission also runs courses relating to procurement from time to time. For more information about the course content and when they are scheduled, go to http://www.apsc.gov.au/learn/ [External Link] .

Formal Training

Formal training in procurement and contract management can be obtained through a number of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), leading to the awarding of a Vocational Education and Training qualification of either Certificate IV in Government (Procurement and Contracting), Diploma of Government (Procurement and Contracting), Advanced Diploma in Government (Procurement and Contracting) or Vocational Graduate Certificate in Strategic Procurement. Details of these courses and the RTOs accredited to offer them can be found at http://www.ntis.gov.au/. [External Link]

Each level will now cover the full procurement cycle by integrating aspects of both procurement and contract management into the coursework, recognising that procurement responsibilities do not stop and contract management start at the point the contract is signed. Rather they reflect that the process is a continuum that must be considered as a whole when planning any sort of purchasing on the Government’s behalf.

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