Tenders and Specifications for Local Government

Duration: 3.5 hours
​Investment: $200excl GST per person flat rate
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar


Target Audience

All staff who are involved in the procurement of goods and services for Local Government.


This course is designed to provide participants with information on the key principles that need to be observed when writing specifications.  The training addresses different types of specifications and will assist participants prepare basic plans to develop requirements.
The course also addresses the importance of stakeholder consultation and will assist participants identify key stakeholders and gain skills in identifying key requirements through consultation.
Participants will gain an awareness of government supplier requirements and an understanding of how to develop a specification in simple text, with a view to maximise bidding, obtaining better value for money and improving contract management.


Key Learnings

  •   What are specifications
  •   What’s not included in a specification
  •   Consultation before preparing a specification
  •   Identification of customer needs
  •   Market research
  •   Scoping the requirement
  •   Structuring the specification
  •   Specification writing principles
  •   Types of specification: technical, functional, performance and exemplar
  •   Common mistakes in specification writing
  •   Tips from specification writers
  •   Feedback from SA suppliers on tender specifications



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

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

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Tenders and Specifications for Local Government (Webinar) LG House, 148 Frome St Adelaide 5000 7 Apr 2020
Tenders and Specifications for Local Government (Face 2 Face) LG House, 148 Frome St Adelaide 5000 7 Apr 2020