Develop a Procurement Plan to help deliver the services your community needs – sustainability.
Meeting the policy and operational requirements of procurement improves compliance, value for money and transparency at council as well as protecting council’s reputation.
Councils are bound by their statutory procurement objectives to ‘ensure that resources are used efficiently and effectively, and services are provided in accordance with Best Value principles to best meet the needs of the local community and to improve the overall quality of life of people in the local community’ (Victorian Local Government Best Practice Guidelines 2013).
Each year councils across Victoria collectively spend in excess of $3b procuring goods and services in a wide variety of expenditure areas.
Each council has an obligation under the ‘Local Government Act’ to ensure that procurement is governed by a set of best practice general principles including:
- Value for money
- Open and fair competition
- Risk Management
- Probity and Transparency
Key to a council’s procurement process is to have in place clear policies and guidelines that are understood by all employees and potentially contractors engaged in the procurement process.
CT Management Group has associates experienced in reviewing or establishing council procurement structures.
Key elements of any review will include the existence of appropriate documentation, probity audits, compliance reports, systems in place, roles and responsibilities of the procurement team, delegations, capability of the procurement team and training programs in place to ensure continuity of service levels and implementation.
Good procurement planning includes managing risk. Risk management advice can be provided as part of our service to your council.