The Australian Government is committed to capability uplift in procurement. In March 2019, the Department of Finance launched the Centre of Procurement Excellence (CoPE), which aims to build public sector capability in procurement, strengthen partnerships with the business community and encourage innovation to drive better value for money outcomes.
The CoPE runs a number of initiatives aimed at uplifting the procurement and contract management capability of Australian Public Service officials and raising the profile of procurement and contract management across the Commonwealth. These initiatives are described below:
Commonwealth Procurement and Contract Management Community of Practice (CoP)
The CoP is an online community which aims to improve procurement and contract management capability and practices across the Commonwealth. The CoP brings together officials undertaking procurements or managing contracts to share best practice, raise procurement and contract management related issues, seek guidance, hear from industry and government experts, and receive updates on policy, guidance and associated systems and tools. This forum also hosts regular meetings.
Membership to the CoP is open to all Australian Government Officials who undertake procurement or contract management in their role.
The Commonwealth Procurement and Contract Management Awards for Excellence (the Awards) program is hosted by Finance and aims to promote the important role procurement plays in delivering services and outcomes for government, the business community and the Australian public.
The Awards celebrate the positive procurement achievements delivered by entities by showcasing better practice, leadership, innovation and excellence.
The Awards help build a community of engaged procurement and contract management professionals who share knowledge on innovative approaches and lessons learned on procurement and contract management activities.
The procurement bulletin is a bimonthly publication that consists of procurement related entity notices, information on coordinated arrangements, upcoming events, Frequently Asked Questions and more. Membership to receive the Bulletin is restricted to Australian Government Officials only.
Commonwealth Procurement and Contract Management Capability Self-Assessment Survey
The Commonwealth Procurement and Contract Management Capability Self-Assessment Survey (the Survey) aims to provide insights into entity processes and capability, tracks performance against the results from previous years, as well as providing comparisons with other Commonwealth entities.
It is a useful tool for entities to identify areas where internal capability can be targeted for improvement.
Learning and Development
Finance is rolling out a number of courses and resources to support officials undertake procurement and contract management activities. Courses will be available for officials of all skill levels, including SES level courses. For more information on courses and other resources please contact email@example.com.
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