The Treasurer is responsible for setting the rules and policy direction for government procurement. This includes the approval of any new policies and future policy updates.
PSSA oversees and maintains the Framework including the introduction of any new or revised Framework documents.
The following governance arrangements have been established to complement PSSA roles and functions:
- Procurement Review Committee (PRC)
- Heads of Procurement (HOP)
- Communities of Practice (COP)
- Procurement Industry Advisory Group (IAG)
The PRC comprises a small number of senior public officers. The PRC provides strategic oversight of and reviews high-risk and/or high value acquisitions based on public authorities’ Procurement Activity Plans.
The PRC is not a decision-making body, however, will endorse submissions or make recommendations in line with the functions outlined in Schedule 2. The Cabinet, Treasurer, a Minister or Chief Executive of a public authority may request the PRC to undertake a review of any procurement activities or related matters
HOP comprises a large group of public authority procurement leaders which gathers regularly to discuss emerging issues and changes relating to government procurement. HOP has a strategic role in assisting Procurement Services SA to deliver improved procurement outcomes across the public sector.
COP have been established to assist public authorities to improve their procurement capability and practice. They are established by and chaired by members of HOP and deliver through:
- sharing good practice in procurement
- identifying lessons learned on matters of common concern
- identifying opportunities for public authorities to share capability and expertise, including areas where experienced and specialist procurement professionals could partner with other public authorities to improve procurement outcomes
- benefiting from advice and discussion with the owners of government policies that are relevant to procurement, including the not-for-profit contracting reforms and the Industry Advocate, in order to improve understanding and practice
- identifying opportunities to reduce unnecessary costs to procurement and business in procurement policy, practice and process.
The IAG comprises representatives from various industry sector bodies (e.g. not-for-profit, Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) and Construction) and the Industry Advocate.
The IAG’s role is to improve government’s engagement with industry, drive innovation and identify ongoing opportunities to reduce the complexity and costs of tendering for government work.
To learn more about the IAG, click here.
Overview of the South Australian Government's Procurement Governance Framework