Procurement Services SA (PSSA) is the government’s central procurement branch, established within the Department of Treasury and Finance, following the South Australian Productivity Commission’s Stage 2 inquiry into Government Procurement.
PSSA is the government’s chief advisor on all procurement, delivering value for money and better outcomes to the communities of South Australia.
PSSA key functions include:
- Setting the strategic direction for procurement across government;
- Developing and maintaining a framework for the procurement operations of agencies, including policies and guidelines;
- Providing advice to the Treasurer and Chief Executive on any matters relevant to the procurement operations of agencies;
- Investigating and reviewing the procurement performance of agencies and their compliance with policies and guidelines;
- Supporting the development and delivery of training and professional development activities for public sector procurement practitioners;
- Providing procurement advice and support to agencies with limited internal procurement capability
- Engaging with industry, in conjunction with the Office of the Industry Advocate, to reduce the complexity and costs to business of tendering for government work and maximising the opportunity for local business participation; and
- Undertaking data analytics to measure and benchmark agency procurement performance and identifying opportunities for additional value to be obtained
To complement the roles and functions of PSSA, new governance arrangements are being established, including:
- A Procurement Review Committee, comprising a small number of senior public servants, whose focus will be to review that appropriate procurement processes are being undertaken for high-risk acquisitions; and/or high-value acquisitions, where requested by an agency, Minister or Cabinet; and
- An Industry Advisory Committee to improve engagement with business and identify ongoing opportunities to reduce the complexity and costs of tendering for government work. The Industry Advisory Committee will be comprised of representatives from various industry sector bodies, including Not-for-Profit, ICT and construction.