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New way of doing business

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Effective government procurement supports the delivery of frontline services such as housing and social services, as well as the building and maintenance of important infrastructure assets such as roads, schools and hospitals. With over $18 billion spent each year, Queensland Government procurement provides the opportunity to ensure government spending can achieve positive economic, social and environmental outcomes across the state.

In July 2016, the Office of the Chief Advisor - Procurement (OCA-P) was established to deliver a new whole-of-government, agency-led, centrally enabled procurement model in Queensland.

The new procurement operating model empowers agencies, strengthens governance, enhances industry engagement, develops procurement capability, and improves systems, data and reporting. The model prioritises forward planning, greater engagement and a category management approach to create and sustain value for money and make it easier to do business with government.

Improved engagement with industry and enhancing overall capacity and capability to deliver for the individual categories has been a hallmark of the new procurement approach.

A new governance framework was introduced to support the new operating model. From the first meeting of the Procurement Industry Advisory Group in September 2016, OCA-P has engaged business advocates and representatives of industry associations on issues of strategic importance to establish a clear pathway towards improved government procurement.

Six Category Councils were also established to provide strategic leadership for each individual category group and to deliver a strategic direction for each category.

This collaborative approach has demonstrated that better engagement can deliver better outcomes.

The new operating model and greater industry engagement are providing a foundation for the development of the Queensland Government Procurement Strategy and the revised Queensland Procurement Policy, due to be launched in 2017–18. The new strategy will deliver an approach which prioritises local jobs, improves processes for agencies and suppliers, increases the visibility of the forward pipeline of procurement opportunities and demonstrates the value of the new operating model.

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