Procurement Capability Development Strategy 2021 - 2023

As public authorities seek to deliver more strategic value-for-money outcomes for South Australia, investment in workforce professionalisation is vital. Procurement and contract management capability is about matching the persons, resources, systems, and processes to the requirements of the procurement activity - ensuring suitable expertise is in place to carry out the procurement successfully.

The Procurement Services SA (PSSA) Capability Development Strategy 2021 – 2023 demonstrates our commitment and unprecedented investment to strengthening the procurement and contract management capability of the South Australian Public Sector and promoting procurement as a strategic function critical to government service delivery.

PSSA Capability Development Portal

PSSA is excited to launch its new learning management system the “PSSA Capability Development Portal”.

The PSSA Capability Development Portal enables public sector employees to enrol and access online, on-demand eLearning courses which can be completed at their own pace.

PSSA courses currently available, at no cost, through the PSSA Capability Development Portal include:

  • Introduction to the South Australian Government Procurement Framework
  • Introduction to Procurement Governance
  • Introduction to Procurement Planning
  • Introduction to Sourcing
  • Industry Engagement.

An online Principles of Contract Management course is currently in development and will be available late 2021.

Register and book into an online course here.

For more information about each training course, view the PSSA Training Catalogue here.

The PSSA Capability Development Portal is also where you can register and purchase access to the Face-to-Face training offered by PSSA (further information below).

Click here to read the full PSSA Course Terms and Conditions.

PSSA Face-to-Face Training

The following courses are available in a face-to-face setting delivered by Transformed Pty Ltd:

To book into a course, visit the PSSA Capability Development Portal here.

Principles of Contract Management ($300pp plus GST)

Future dates

  • Thursday 25 November 2021

Duration: 9.00 am - 4.30 pm

Location: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh SA

Advanced Contract Management ($600pp plus GST)

Future dates

  • Wednesday 10 November 2021
  • Wednesday 24 November 2021 (*almost full*)
  • Thursday 16 December 2021

Duration: 9.00 am - 4.30 pm

Location: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh SA

*Please note these courses are subject to minimum and maximum numbers. 

Other Online or Face-to-Face Training

PSSA  can offer access to additional capability and development opportunities on an as needs basis through the Procurement and Contract Management Capability Development Training Provider Panel.

To find out more contact PSSA at contact@procurement.sa.gov.au

This broad suite of programs and resources are tailored to meet individual needs recognising that people learn in different ways and have different learning preferences depending on their career stage and personal circumstances.

Careers in Public Sector Procurement

A procurement career in the South Australian government offers a wide variety of exciting opportunities. To hear more about what a rewarding career in public sector procurement can look like, please watch these short videos:

Procurement requires people with a broad range of transferable skills and experience.  To learn more about the various roles and career pathways in this dynamic profession, an online capability and professional guide has been developed and will be available soon. This guide:

  • Sets out the procurement-specific and professional competencies required to manage procurement and contract management activity effectively according to individual roles, and
  • It is designed to provide managers and employees with a career development resource that describes the capabilities needed for the varied roles in procurement and contract management and can be used as a guide for career progression.

If you are interested in a career in procurement, all South Australian Government procurement and contract management vacancies are advertised on https://iworkfor.sa.gov.au If you would like to be notified when opportunities become available, please subscribe to the vacancy alerts on this site.

Useful Resources

Please note that these are guides only. Further information about recruitment processes in your agency should be sought from your Human Resources team.

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Digital Academy

Commencing in July 2021, PSSA will pilot a Capability Assessment and Skills Gap Analysis benchmarking for South Australian public authority employees against the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Global Standard in procurement and supply using an online assessment tool. This tool is used to assess an individual’s procurement confidence and knowledge across the following key 11 themes:

  1. Position and Influence
  2. External Environment
  3. Technology
  4. Spend Management
  5. Contracting
  6. Sourcing
  7. Delivering Outcomes
  8. Metrics and Measurement
  9. Developing Individuals and Teams
  10. Developing Self and Personal Skills
  11. Ethics

Once completed, the results will provide a guide for employers of both the strengths and development needs across their team, along with a personal report for individuals, which provides a structure for their individual development plans.

Public authorities are encouraged to promote and engage in this opportunity and use these reports to support their teams' development and inform their annual capability assessment and capability development plans as detailed in the Procurement Governance Policy requirements for procurement and contract management.

To register your interest in this opportunity or find out more, please contact us at contact@procurement.sa.gov.au

Through the PSSA Capability Development Portal, PSSA offers subsidised access to the CIPS Digital Academy to provide targeted training and development opportunities to bridge gaps identified by the Skills Gap Analysis.

Covering the essential core topics in procurement and supply, the CIPS Digital Academy hosts over 200 capability development resources aligned to the 11 CIPS Global Standards, delivered in a range of formats including eLearning courses, whitepapers, videos and podcasts.

For more information about the content within each Standard, refer to the PSSA Training Catalogue here.

The Digital Academy ‘Suite’ option also comes with a free CIPS Associate Membership, enabling access to additional members-only resources from the CIPS website as well as various professional networking opportunities.

To view all purchase options for the CIPS Digital Academy visit the PSSA Capability Development Portal here.

Commencing in July 2021, PSSA has introduced a CIPS Corporate Award Program catered towards South Australian public sector staff. The Program is divided into two levels, the first being an entry level whereby staff can obtain a CIPS diploma.

The second level targets senior procurement professionals to assist them in achieving a full membership status of CIPS (MCIPS). MCIPS is a globally acknowledged award that recognises a professionals’ formal qualifications combined with work experience. To learn more about this program, please contact us at contact@procurement.sa.gov.au