The 3rd Public Sector Procurement Forum

The Rudd Government has placed fiscal restraint near the very top of its priorities in the first year of its term of office.

Centralised procurement contracting has also been given a high priority in this respect, with the Government targetting savings from leveraging off the buying power of the Commonwealth.

Given this trend, CIPSA is once again delighted to present its Public Sector Procurement Forum in conjunction with The Department of Finance and Deregulation and the APCC (Australian Procurement and Construction Council)

The event, in its third year, returns to Canberra on 21st and 22nd May, with a new venue at The National Convention Centre and a significantly expanded programme.

Following last year’s 2nd Public Sector Procurement Forum, CIPSA published a white paper highlighting the “7 Challenges facing public sector procurement”.

These were:

1. The setting of clear objectives at the outset of all projects and for all strategic procurement units.

2. Development of a procurement strategy for every public sector organisation.

3. Focussing strategic procurement on outcomes, not processes.

4. Embracing collaboration as a strategic tool.

5. Recognising that sustainability has become a strategic driver for professional procurement.

6. Positioning the public sector as a customer of choice.

7. Resolving the talent scarcity problem.

With so many challenges, it is an interesting time to be involved with public sector procurement!

Taking all of these challenges into account, we have developed a conference programme that we feel will meet the needs of a broad cross-section of public sector procurement professionals.

The plenary or keynote sessions have been pitched at a strategic level, directly addressing many of the issues mentioned above, while the seminar programme is designed to provide delegates with real, practical, “hands-on” assistance as they go about their day-to-day work.

The seminar programme will run in three streams, allowing delegates the opportunity to select those sessions most relevant to them and their role within their organisation.

As a further enhancement to the event, we will be allowing delegates greater flexibility in terms of which parts of the conference they wish to attend.

Delegates wanting to attend the seminars only, will be able to do so, while there will also be further choice of two-day and oneday tickets including the keynote sessions.

We have senior procurement practitioners from both the private and public sectors, Federal and State, a number of Australia’s leading consultants and training specialists, and expert presentations from leading technology suppliers.

And please join us for the conference dinner on the evening of the 21st May.

The Hon Bob Carr will address the dinner guests on sustainability and the role of procurement in delivering on public policy. We hope you will join us in Canberra for this important event.

Jonathan Dutton Managing Director CIPS Australia and New Zealand

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