SA procurement professionals remerge “in-person” for key event


Unpacking the challenges – and solutions – to COVID-19, market conditions and inflation were focal points when procurement professionals in Adelaide gathered for the first time in more than two years. 

Procurement and Supply Australasia’s (PASAs) Connect “Big Breakfast” brought together almost 100 leading procurement professionals at the Adelaide Oval. 

It was the first time since 2020 since procurement professionals affiliated to PASA’s leading procurement training and learning service met in-person. 

There was no surprise the “I” word received plenty of healthy discussion, with procurement teams already whetting their appetite with inflation-related strategies. 

On the eve of the event, the incoming Treasurer Jim Chambers revealed budget deficits could reach $230 billion in four years and even announced a $3bn cut to public service spending to contractors and labor hire which will impact localised spending. 

But despite market uncertainty, it took none of the gloss away from the Big Breakfast. 

PASA CEO Jonathan Dutton said it was a big hit with plenty of optimism in the air for future in-person procurement events to complement online forums. 

“This gave us the opportunity to really discuss key challenges in procurement after COVID, but other important topics such as inflation, risk versus cost sourcing overseas, people capability in procurement and the skills shortage,” he said. 

“The PASA Connect online program is a leading off-the-shelf learning and development programme offering more than 80 round table sessions each year.

“It was great to see the thirst for people in our profession to get together again; many of whom had only met on zoom prior to this event.” 

“This PASA business breakfast event played a small part in helping to bring back together the procurement community. We’re excited about the rest of 2022.”

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Jonathan said the next instalment from PASA’s events calendar turns to Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse for the annual Aged Care Conference June 8 and 9. 

Procurement professionals are invited to attend PASA Connect’s Big Breakfasts at Perth (28 July), Brisbane (9 August)  and Auckland (15 September) 2022. 

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At the Adelaide event, Glenn Spitty, CPO of Santos spoke on re-evaluating off-shore sourcing to rebalance risks and evaluating business continuity plans in the future. 

Watch the Adelaide highlights reel


Other speakers included sponsors for the event Greg Parkinson, Director procurement Advisory at Turner and Townsend andJodie Rowe, Director Promitheia

Also providing their insights were Andrea Andrews Executive Director Procurement and Supply Chain for South Australia Health, Henriette Kamfer, Procurement specialist at APA Group and Charlie Hollis Head of Procurement and Shared Services at SA Power Networks. 

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