By providing a total procurement solution to NSW councils, Local Government Procurement (LGP) becomes more than just a provider of contracted services; we are a leader in the procurement industry.
LGP’s core business is to establish compliant contracts and approved contractor panels on behalf of the industry.
Our comprehensive legal, due diligence and probity systems ensure that LGP’s contracts are established only after a full tendering process that complies with all requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW).
This approach provides you with the assurance that suppliers are only added to LGP panels following a comprehensive and compliant evaluation and acceptance process.
LGP Consulting Team are a specialised unit established by LGP to provide individual support to councils in relation to specific procurement projects. The range of services offered include:
- RFx development and facilitation
- Probity and audit advice
- Review and develop process, policies and procedures
- Outplacement services
- Contract management
- Project management
“Note: When carrying out projects of this nature for a single council, LGP's ‘prescription’ is not normally used e.g. A recommendation regarding a tender outcome for a single council must be reported to the elected council for acceptance.”
LGP provides resources, procurement training and professional development opportunities, including:
- An annual training calendar of procurement focused workshops
- Certificate IV and Diploma in Government (Procurement and Contracting) for Local Government
- Local Government Procurement Annual Conference
- Regular networking meetings for procurement professionals
- Procurement business tools including procurement management resources with basic guidelines and benchmarking materials
- Newsletters and industry updates
- An online procurement forum for local government staff.
Click on the links above for more information or contact your LGP Business Manager.
Local government customers have access to a free tool called How to Purchase. This simple tool allows LGP customers to customise their council policies and embed them on their intranet. This great tool can help purchasing departments with compliance to policy and raise staff awareness of how to purchase before they do in a simple step by step process.
To give councils an idea of how this might look, LGP have created a mock up of the tool, How to Purchase - Council Demo. LGP has also developed a template which councils can use to create the structure of how the tool might work for their council - How to Purchase Template.xlsx
During 2013 and 2014, LGP funded the development of a series of purchasing and tender documents for use by councils in NSW. The suite of documents have been developed by the Documentation Working Party as part of the Procurement Leadership Program. The documents have been independently scrutinised and have been assessed by a law firm as being best practice, ensuring they meet the strict legislative and best practice requirements of NSW councils.
The suite of documents is extensive and contemporary. The content will be added to, or altered, as required by legislation, or when best practice dictates that improvement is warranted.
Many councils will already have their own tender documents that can be combined with this suite to provide a very comprehensive tool for staff. Those councils that do not have a library of templates now have a ready made suite of documents that can be used immediately for tendering.
Office of Local Government
The Office of Local Government (previously the Division of Local Government, Department of Premier and Cabinet) has developed Tendering Guidelines for NSW Local Government. For further information regarding the Guidelines contact the Office of Local Government directly on [email protected] or 02 4428 4100.