Campaign launched to 'professionalise' procurement

21 June 2021

A campaign has been launched to “professionalise” public sector procurement across Australia and New Zealand.

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) said it was aiming to deliver compliant value-for-money procurement outcomes through contemporary, efficient and responsive processes.

The APCC is launching the Public Sector Procurement Profession Role Statement and Procurement Capability Framework, which will identify the core procurement and related business skills.

The APCC consists of Australian and New Zealand government agencies with responsibility for the disciplines of procurement, construction, asset management and property management policy and practice.

The Procurement Role Statement will establish the value proposition represented by the procurement profession and encourage the workforce to attain core procurement capabilities and related business skills. The aim is to establish baseline procurement proficiencies in every public sector jurisdiction. This standard will help shape vocational training, university education and professional body certification.

The campaign will promote the profession, emphasising the opportunities the sector provides, including the chance to make a lasting social, economic, and environmental impact, as well as mobility between the public and private sector, and international employment opportunities.

APCC chair Glenn Bain said it would be the first time procurement has been defined with a professional standard for the Australian and New Zealand public sector.

“The release of the Procurement Role Statement and the Procurement Capability Framework is timely as governments strive to leverage their spend through procurement to deliver a range of economic, environmental and social outcomes as well as stimulating the economy and supporting fiscal repair,” he said.

Bain added that it would help strengthen Australia’s economic productivity over the longer term as well as respond to the current under-supply of procurement professionals.

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