Past PASA Events

Past PASA events – 2016/2017

 22nd & 23rd November 2017 – Building Procurement Capability

This one-off PASA event examined THREE key questions facing all procurement leaders:

  • Do we have the talent we need?
  • Do we have the systems, data or information?
  • Do we have the right structures


11th & 12th October 2017 – 5th Annual PASA Premier Confex

The theme for the 5th Annual PASA Premier Confex was “Unlocking Value through Collaboration”, with all sessions addressing how we must learn to work together to deliver greater value, both now and in the future.


20th September 2017 – ProcureTECH New Zealand

The programme for ProcureTECH NZ 2017 addressed key issues faced by procurement leaders looking to adopt technology, starting with fundamental questions around what does what and where you are likely to see the greatest return on investment, why you might be looking to technology solutions, what you hope to achieve through it, exploring what can go wrong and what you can do to increase your chances of a successful implementation. The programme also had an extensive look at the world of data or ‘big data’ and how it is impacting on procurement and supply management.

6th & 7th September 2017 – Procurement & Contracting for ICT

While ProcureTECH focusses on technology enabling procurement, ICT Procurement catered to the needs of ICT procurement or category specialists. Technological change has never been more rapid. Building on the successful inaugural event in 2016, this two day conference addressed the principal challenges faced by ICT purchasing professionals, enabling them to stay ahead of the learning curve.

9th August – Adelaide btTB- GBTA Regional Event
11th August – Melbourne btTB- GBTA Regional Event
19th September – Auckland btTB-GBTA Regional Event
14th November – Perth btTB-GBTA Regional Event
21st November – Sydney btTB-GBTA Regional Event

btTB and GBTA invited peers from both the buy and the supply side for these half-day events that:

For Buyers:

  • Enabled valuable connections to be built with fellow buyers
  • Learned about ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t’
  • Shared knowledge and experience
  • Identified future trends to be across
  • Met potential new suppliers

For Suppliers:

  • Enabled valuable connections to be built with new prospects
  • Provided a better understanding of customers concerns and challenges
  • Demonstrated expertise by sharing knowledge and experience of how the travel supply chain works


17th & 18th August 2017 – The 8th PASA CPO Exchange

The theme for the 8th PASA CPO Exchange was “Challenging Procurement Behaviours to Optimize Outcomes”. There were three keynote presentations from leading consultants, exploring issues that are essential to delivering greater procurement effectiveness:

  • Why Procurement Often Fails to Engage the C-suite and What It Can Do About It
  • Optimizing Use of Resources to Drive Procurement Effectiveness
  • The Dynamics of Trust and How it Plays out in Buyer Supplier Relationships

CPO attendees spent the majority of time in topical round-table discussions drawing on the wisdom, insights and experience of peers in the search for answers to key challenges. There was also plenty of opportunity for informal networking throughout the event which always receves extremely positive feedback.


13th & 14th June 2017 – Aged Care Procurement Auckland

Building on the success of the Aged Care Procurement conferences in Australia and the demand from both buyers and suppliers for a forum to meet, learn and network, PASA crossed the ditch to stage the first procurement conference specifically focused on the needs of procurement practitioners in the New Zealand Aged Care sector.

PASA brought together the country’s leading Procurement, Financial, Operational and Clinical professionals and Aged Care suppliers addressing the specific challenges of Aged Care Procurement.

In a time of margin pressures, the Aged Care Procurement NZ Conference provided assistance to overcome the dual challenges of delivering value and providing greater choice.

This conference focussed on practical solutions and strategies to achieve best value in procurement in an environment of continually changing and highly demanding age care expectations.


16th & 17th May 2017 – ISO 20400 on Sustainable Procurement

After 4 years of development, ISO20400, the first international standard on Sustainable Procurement was being published in April.

With social, environmental and economic objectives increasingly finding their way on to the procurement agenda, this briefing session equipped attendees to understand how the new standard can assist them in meeting their CSR and environmental objectives and to raise the profile of the procurement function in their organisation.


2nd & 3rd May 2017 – btTB 2017 Travel Conference

With the theme “Maximising Value in Your Travel Programme”, this conference covered the 3 P’s of maximizing value for all stakeholders:

  • Policies – The what and when of what you buy
  • Procedures or Processes – The how you approve, buy and reconcile travel
  • ComPliance – Getting your travellers to comply with the two points above

A highlight of the conference was the announcement of the winners of The btTB-GBTA Travel Management Awards


29th & 30th March 2017 – The 3rd Annual Aged Care Procurement Conference 2017

Procurement professionals working in one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy, aged and home care, face a unique set of challenges – the three H’s: Providing a hotel experience combined with the facilities of a hospital, with the feel of the home. All delivered at the best possible value. This not only presents challenges for procurement, but also for their suppliers as well. Building on the successful Aged Care procurement conferences in Sydney in September 2015 and Melbourne in 2016, this two day conference addressed these unique challenges, providing a platform for procurement professionals to learn from each other, and from industry experts, while developing a tangible network with their peers and many of the leading suppliers in the aged and home care sector.



2nd & 3 March 2017 – The 7th PASA CPO Exchange

The CPO Exchange provides invited heads of procurement with the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing, informative couple of days in the company of their peers and a number of leading suppliers of products, tools or services. For supplier partners the CPO Exchange provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet with a wide range of CPOs both in pre-scheduled meetings and during the various networking functions over the two days.


22nd & 23 February – ProcureTECH 2017

The programme for ProcureTECH 2017 addressed many of the key issues faced by procurement leaders looking to adopt technology, starting with fundamental questions around why you might be looking to technology solutions, what you hope to achieve through it, exploring the key factors you need to be considering in selecting the most appropriate solution, to ensuring that it delivers on the promise, and finally to measure the value that has been achieved through the programme. The programme featured a healthy mix of speakers from the buy side, the world of advisory, and of course the real experts in this stuff, the solutions providers themselves.

CPO Round Table Series

A series of FREE Round-table networking events for procurement leaders providing the opportunity to discuss key topics focussed on building greater capability and to network with fellow CPO’s.

Tuesday 13th December 2016, Crown Promenade Hotel
Wednesday 15th February 2017, Rydges World Square, Sydney
 Thursday 16th February 2017, The Royal on the Park Hotel Brisbane



29th & 30th November 2016 – Aged Care Procurement WA

PASA’s WA Aged Care Procurement 2016 Conference followed on from our successful Aged Care Procurement events held in Sydney and Melbourne. These events have been developed specifically for aged care procurement professionals and those with broader responsibilities that include purchasing, sourcing and operational decisions on what goods and services are needed.

This conference featured practical case studies on achieving value and efficiency through procurement innovation. Delegates were able to explore different approaches, models and strategies which could be taken away and implemented in their organisation.


11th & 12th October 2016 – The 4th Annual PASA Premier ConfeX

The PASA Premier Confex has established a reputation for being at the cutting edge in terms of thought leadership in procurement. Our 2016 theme of ‘Entrepreneurial Procurement’, explored not only new and innovative ideas and case studies, but also how we develop the necessary traits, both as individuals and organisations, to thrive as ‘entrepreneurs’ or ‘intraprenuers’.

A key element of the 4th Annual PASA Premier ConfeX was the Entrepreneurial Procurement Awards. Open to both buyers and suppliers, the awards recognised individuals and organisations that have demonstrated entrepreneurial behaviours. Awards finalists ‘pitched’ their projects at Premier ConfeX, with the final winners determined by the votes of their peers.



25th & 26th August 2016 – The 6th PASA CPO Exchange

The theme for the 6th PASA CPO Exchange – ‘A Journey into Future Sources of Value for Procurement” – was a significant change from the last two CPO Exchanges, which focussed on leadership and personal development. The subject matter for the three keynote presentations at the 6th PASA CPO Exchange examined three new potential sources of value, two driven by technological advancements and one driven by societal demands.

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16th & 17th August 2016 – Procurement & Contracting for ICT

This conference brought together the leading Procurement, Contracting, Legal, Finance and ICT professionals and addressed the specific challenges of procurement and contracting for ICT. With a programme packed with real-world case studies, the Conference focussed on a broad range of issues facing procurement and contracting professionals in this increasingly complex and crucial category.



10th & 11th August 2016 – Food Procure

The 2nd Annual FoodProcure Conference was designed for all those involved in procurement, sourcing and logistics from the food & beverage sector. FoodProcure brought together practitioners and industry experts to discuss a wide range of issues critical to the F & B supply chain. The programme featured a healthy mix of presentation sessions, interactive round-tables discussions, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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24th & 25th May 2016 – Aged Care Procurement

The PASA 2nd Annual Aged Care Procurement Conference provided practical solutions and strategies to achieve best value in procurement in an environment of continually changing and highly demanding aged care expectations.

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4th & 5th May 2016 – BTTB Australia 2016

The programme at BTTB Australia 2016 provided corporate travel managers of all levels of experience with insights to help them manage their travel programmes to deliver optimal value in this time of rapid change. The primary theme of the conference – disruption – was addressed in the keynote programme, while attendees learnt, shared and networked in break-out seminars and round-table discussions on the conference sub-themes of Innovation, Procurement and Understanding the Travel Supply Chain.

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28th & 29th April 2016  – Delivering Project Success in Building, Construction and Infrastructure

Avoiding cost blow-outs and project overruns, while meeting whole of life, sustainability and supplier diversity requirements, are among the primary goals of any project team when engaged in minor and major infrastructure or capital works projects.

This two-day conference, produced by PASA and supported by the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Constructors Association (ACA), provided industry and public sector practitioners engaged in capital works and infrastructure project delivery with practical advice and real insights to ensure successful project delivery.

March 15th & 16th 2016 – Emergency Services & Disaster Management Procurement Conference


The Emergency Services and Disaster Management Procurement Conference covered the resources and capabilities required for dealing with all aspects of emergencies, with a particular focus on preparedness, response, and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters. Delegates learned about strategies and practical insights for best practice in procurement in the complex and challenging operating environment of emergency services, enforcement and defence.


March 10th & 11th 2016 – The 5th PASA CPO Exchange

The 5th PASA CPO Exchange sought to re-energize and inspire procurement leaders, to make them more productive, and to provide them with the tools and techniques to inspire and energize those around them. Attendees also had the opportunity to attend one-to-one executive coaching sessions with two of Australia’s leading business coaches in the areas of leadership and health and personal wellbeing.

While the main theme of the event was based on leadership, personal and team development, and wellbeing, procurement was, of course, also on the agenda. The round-table discussion sessions provided CPOs with the opportunity to discuss their key procurement challenges with their peers and to find answers or solutions to their specific problems.

February 18th & 19th 2016 – ProcureTECH 2016

ProcureTECH 2016 provided the best opportunity of the year to explore a wide range of procurement enabling solutions in one place – at one time. The event successfully equipped those charged with making technology decisions with the necessary knowledge to get it right. The programme was unashamedly practical, delivering expert advice and opinion from a faculty of speakers who have real world experience in building capability through successful technology programmes.