Procurement Essentials for Local Government

Duration: 7 hours
Investment: $430excl GST per person flat rate
Delivery: Face to Face


Target Audience

All staff who are involved in purchasing activities in Councils



This course provides an overview on how purchasing operates in South Australia's Local Government sector.  Staff undertaking this course will gain a broad understanding of the frameworks and legislation that may apply when carrying out Local Government purchasing activities.
Course participants will gain knowledge of basic purchasing concepts and an end-to-end understanding of how to run a sound purchasing process in the Local Government sector, as well as knowledge of how to develop requirements for simple purchases.  Participants will also gain an understanding of purchasing evaluation and negotiation processes and basic contract management principles.
The course covers relevant sections of Local Government Act 1999 (SA) and Local Government guidelines relating to purchasing.  Matters about probity and ethics and the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) operations are also addressed. 


Key Learnings

  • Local Government framework, rules, regulations and policy
  • ICAC
  • Basic Purchasing and Strategic Purchasing
  • Centralised, Decentralised and Hybrid Purchasing
  • Specifying Requirements
  • Specifications Principles
  • Market Assessment
  • Various Purchasing Methods
  • Evaluating Offers
  • Contract Management Fundamentals
  • Record Keeping



Keith Barber has over 20 years experience in procurement both in local and state government with majority of his experience in sourcing a wide range of goods, works and services for a number of major SA Councils. He has also during that time managed a procurement team for a major metropolitan SA Council, and held the positions of Senior Contracts Manager and Strategic Contracts Officer in State Government.

Now employed with LGA Procurement Keith has a passion for procurement capability development in the local government sector demonstrated through his participation on a range of procurement groups and peak bodies including the Network of Procurement Professionals and former Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply SA/NT.


Additional Information

LGA Procurement developed 5 modules specifically for the South Australia Local Government sector –view the training flyer here
View the module curriculum information here.

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For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought in-house to your council please contact LGA Procurement at procurement@lga.sa.gov.au.