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NSW Government Procurement Application

NSW Government Procurement

Industry Advisory Group Applicant Information Package 2012

1. Introduction

The Minister for Finance and Services, the Hon. Greg Pearce MLC, invites applications from people in the private and non government sectors who wish to be considered for appointment as members of the NSW Procurement Board’s Industry Advisory Group.

The Government has revised the management and delivery of goods and services procurement in NSW to:
• achieve better value for money and budgetary outcomes from Government procurement;
• achieve a Government-wide strategic approach to procurement: fostering procurement as a business enabler through planning and oversight;
• reduce administrative costs and duplication of the procurement function across Government;
• reduce red tape, improving competition and simplifying access to Government business for the supply community, especially small and medium enterprises and regional businesses;
• simplify the regulatory and governance frameworks for government procurement, with an increased focus on compliance, probity and equity; and
• build procurement competence and professional development across Government.

Establishing the Industry Advisory Group is part of the NSW Government’s procurement reforms and follows from the recent amendments of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002. The amendments establish the NSW Procurement Board, consisting of directors-general of principal departments; gives the Board the power to manage all government procurement as a single system; and provides for the Board with the power to accredit government agencies to procure goods and services.

2. Industry Advisory Group

The Industry Advisory Group comprises:
• Independent Chairperson
• Up to six members drawn the private and non government sectors with relevant expertise or experience to advise the NSW Procurement Board on meeting its functions
• Chairperson, NSW Procurement Board’s Procurement Leadership Group.

The role of the statutory-based seven-member Industry Advisory Group is to advise the Board on such matters relating to the procurement of goods and services as are referred to it by the Board. These matters include:
• Providing expert advice about trends and opportunities in procurement of goods and services
• Recommending options that respond to emerging procurement trends and issues
• Advising on sector-wide procurement matters, including industry standards, future directions, procurement strategy, and the impact of the Government’s procurement management decisions on industry and the non government sector.

Members will receive an annual stipend.

3. Application Procedure

Who can apply?

Applicants are required to be people of good character who reflect accepted standards of community behaviour.

Membership of the Industry Advisory Committee is subject to making a declaration concerning conflict of interest, and responsibilities must be undertaken in accordance with the Conduct Guidelines for Members of NSW Government Boards and Committees. This includes in relation to the confidentiality requirements set out in those Guidelines, as well as any applicable Code of Conduct.

Please note that people on the NSW Government’s Lobbyist Register are not entitled to be appointed to NSW Government Boards or Committees.

How to apply?

The application form is available at www.services.nsw.gov.au/advisory

Selection Criteria

Board appointments will be based on applicants’ relevant demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of the following criteria:
• A strong interest in and knowledge of current trends and future directions in goods and services procurement;
• Well positioned to advise government while avoiding conflict of interest;
• A clear understanding of the key issues affecting the development of the procurement sector in large, complex organisations;
• A blend of research and business acumen; and
• An understanding of procurement practices.

4. Application Submission

The closing date for applications is 19 October 2012.
You may mail your application form (and your curriculum vitae), to: Chairperson
NSW Procurement Board Level 22 McKell Building 2 – 24 Rawson Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000

Or send e-mail applications to procurementconsult@services.nsw.gov.au.

For further information, please contact Mr Stephen Chong, Acting Director Procurement Policy, Department of Finance & Services.

Ph: (02) 9372 7748 or Email: stephen.chong@services.nsw.gov.au

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