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Networks & Partnerships

LGA Procurement understands the procurement business and works closely with LGA policy & legal staff, the LGA Workers Compensation and Mutual Liability Schemes and its intergovernmental partners.  LGA Procurement is also a member of the National Procurement Network (NPN) & the Network of Procurement Professionals (NPP).

Local Government Information Technology South Australia Incorporated (LGITSA)

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LGA Procurement  has enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Local Government Information Technology South Australia Incorporated (LGITSA) to enable collaboration on various ICT projects that may provide significant benefits for the local government sector in South Australia.

The goals and objections of the MOU are principally to establish a Partnership Group to work together on various projects that may provide improved technology to the sector that are relevant and of high quality and which will then form the basis of a collaborative approach to the market on behalf of Local Government.

If you are interested in finding out more about the development of this Panel, please contact LGA Procurement or LGITSA.

LGITSA Update - December 2016(69 kb)

National Procurement Network

Established in 2005, the National Procurement Network (NPN) is the name given to the collective of all Australian State and Territory Local Government Association procurement arms. It is an informal, non-registered group that operates under a Memorandum of Understanding.

Each State and Territory has a Local Government peak body member organisation and procurement arm (the equivalent of the LGA of SA and LGA Procurement). These procurement entities provide a range of services to member Councils, including the provision of aggregated procurement services. The purpose of these entities is to harness the collective purchasing power of the Local Government sector, delivering savings in time and costs to member Councils.

The aim of the NPN is to coordinate a combined tendering approach to leverage the buying power of the entire Australian Local Government sector. The NPN assesses whether there is benefit in supply arrangements that would cover the entire sector across Australia or groups of States and Territories (Preferred Provider Panels) and if so, tenders to establish such arrangements.

The NPN comprises:

NPN Tendering and Contracting 

Typically when tendering for the establishment of Preferred Provider Panels, one of the State entities will take the role of project manager, with each participating entity represented on the tender Panel. All participating States will contribute to the development and review of all Request For Tender (RFT) and associated contractual documents.  Each State entity has slightly different legislative requirements. Tender processes are conducted in such a manner that all State legislative requirements are met while using one common RFT and contract.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) maintains involvement with the network.

Network of Procurement Professionals (NPP)     

Vision:  to be recognised as the support network within South Australian Local Government Procurement.

Our Values:

  • Inclusive:  A network for all procurement professionals working in local government in South Australia
  • Productive:  An efficient resource for procurement knowledge sharing
  • Proactive:  Exploring opportunities to benefit Local Government Procurement as a whole


Network of Procurement Professionals (NPP) Forum

The first NPP forum for 2017 was held on 27 February and attended by 40 Local Governement Procurement Professionals. 

A copy of the program and the presentations can be found below. 

PROGRAM
Corin McCarthy - Economic Contribution from Procurement(1692 kb)
Lea Bacon - Procurement and Economic Development(1205 kb)

Watch this space for details of future forums for 2017! 

WHO IS THE NPP?

The Network for Procurement Professionals (NPP) is a professional group for South Australian Local Government procurement; previously known as the Procurement Network Forum. The key aim for the NPP is the establishment of an organisation of persons who have a professional interest in Local Government in South Australia, particularly in Procurement and Contract Management.

The NPP recognizes the increasing significance procurement plays in enhancing the performance of Local Government, and the importance of having a formal voice through which to promote, support and coordinate procurement strategies and activities across the Sector.

In order to support the growing procurement needs specific to our sector, the NPP formalised the activities of the Group under a Constitution, adopted at the NPP meeting 21 November 2014.  The November forum annually includes the AGM, where all current positions are declared vacant and a Management Committee appointed for the following 12 months.

Copies of the current NPP Constitution (as amended 13 November 2015) and 2014/15 NPP Annual Report are provided below.
NPP Constitution - Amended(426 kb)
2014-15 NPP Annual Report(377 kb)

The NPP is steered by a Committee providing input and advice on the training and other support activities that further develop the skills of Council procurement staff. It is through the NPP Committee that much of South Australian Local Government procurement advancements will be promoted and in some instances key activities will be led.

If you are interested in becoming a Committee member please contact the NPP Secretary, Elizabeth Camp or one of the other committee members below. 


It’s an exciting time – and the NPP is always interested in feedback.  Feel free to contact Committee members to discuss procurement matters, and if you would like to be part of the “Linked In" closed group, please let us know.

Our current Committee is:

Kathryn Johnson (kjohnson@pirie.sa.gov.au)
Michael Knowles (mknowles@playford.sa.gov.au
Paul Whatling (pwhatling@charlessturt.sa.gov.au
Mary-Alice Paton (mpaton@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au
David Peters ( dpeters@mountbarker.sa.gov.au)
Karishma Dutta (kdutta@burnside.sa.gov.au)
Elizabeth Camp (Elizabeth.camp@lga.sa.gov.au
Marcella Ashcroft (Marcella.Ashcroft@alexandrina.sa.gov.au)
Debra Scott (dscott@barossa.sa.gov.au)
 

Upcoming Training & Events

Local Government Purchasing and Procurement - An Introduction - 5 April 2017

Date: 05/04/2017 9.00am - 4.30pm

Local Government Tendering Requirements - 19 April 2017

Date: 19/04/2017 9.30am - 12.30pm

Specification Writing - 19 April 2017

Date: 19/04/2017 1.30pm - 4.30pm

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