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Office of the Chief Advisor—Procurement

The Office of the Chief Advisor—Procurement (OCA-P) supports an agency-led, centrally enabled procurement model where agencies are responsible for their own procurement.

The OCA-P supports agencies to deliver better outcomes for Queenslanders through their procurement. It provides advice and support to help agencies make informed decisions, and drive consistent and effective outcomes across the public sector.

Specifically, the Office of the Chief Advisor—Procurement:

  • provides informed and strategic advice to senior stakeholders regarding Queensland’s procurement direction, policy and practice, as well as related whole-of-government issues
  • provides guidance materials, practical tools and templates
  • supports whole-of-government procurement governance bodies
  • facilitates improved stakeholder engagement, both across government and with industry
  • builds foundations for improved procurement-related information and knowledge management including cross-agency spend, performance management and reporting framework, procurement-related data management, and supports category councils to build and publish forward procurement pipelines
  • focuses on building procurement leadership and capability across the sector including a procurement professional accreditation framework
  • manages and oversees the delivery of critical business systems supporting procurement and contract management operations.

Kimberley Swords is the Assistant Director-General of Procurement for the Queensland Government. In this role she is responsible for the strategic policy settings underpinning the procurement system, it’s operation and stewardship, as well as directly for the General Goods and Services category and QFleet.

Before joining the department, Kimberley was a Principal at the Nous Group, leading the public policy practice in Queensland. In this role Kimberley has worked across Queensland Government departments, agencies and companies—including Housing and Public Works, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, the Department of Energy and Water Supply, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Powerlink, Origin Energy and SunWater.

Kimberley has a strong public sector background, most recently as Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Environment. She has also worked in Victoria for the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and in a number of policy and program roles across the state’s planning, transport and agriculture portfolios.

Last updated 09 July 2018    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


 Kimberley Dripps


Assistant Director-General and
 Chief Advisor—
Queensland Government Procurement

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