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The case for supplier diversity in public procurement

Supplier diversity programs offer access to innovation, new markets, and localized socioeconomic impact. And yet – despite all of these benefits – most public sector entities have yet to make a persuasive and actionable case for diversity. There are several obstacles preventing governments from realizing the value and cost savings with supplier diversity.  For instance, […]

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Report: Australian Government Procurement Paying Too Much For Major Projects

New research from The Grattan Institute titled Megabang for Megabucks: Driving a harder bargain on megaprojects has found that Australians pay too much for major road and rail projects because governments don’t drive a hard bargain on contracts with the big construction firms. “Governments procuring transport infrastructure should focus on one principle: delivering services at the lowest

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How Government Agencies Can Start Their Path To E-Invoicing Now

More than 1.2 billion invoices are sent every year in Australia.[1] Many of these are manually processed as paper or PDF invoices and are sent via fax, post or email. E-invoicing automates this process, resulting in a range of benefits. The government is looking to mandate e-invoicing for all Commonwealth agencies, which means the time

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Local Business First For Bushfire Recovery Procurement

In a move that is likely to be echoed by public bodies around Australia, NSW Government agencies must use local businesses within the communities impacted by the bushfires wherever possible for clean-up, repair, rebuilding, remediation and enhancement works. Published Tuesday 28th January, a Procurement Board Direction was issued by The Minister for Finance and Small

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Dominic Cummings and the messy reality of UK public procurement

For many Australian procurement professionals, the UK public sector is generally seen as a beacon of good procurement practice. But senior British political strategist and Chief Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, Dominic Cummings, has engaged in searing and ongoing criticism of UK public procurement that is shedding light on a profession that is “squandering

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