Professional Development

Targeted Training Program

The State Procurement Board has, as part of its responsibilities, a facilitative role in the provision of training and development opportunities for the South Australian public sector.

A number of initiatives are undertaken to address the skills development of procurement officers from vocational to academic courses to a range of professional development activities. One of these, targeted training, aims to address particular issues that have been identified through an analysis of information based on the following:

  • Programmed agency reviews and transactional reviews;
  • The development and / or review of the State Procurement Board’s policies and guidelines; and
  • Information gathered through consultation with senior procurement managers.

Based on the above, specific training is provided to ensure better compliance to the State Procurement Board’s policies and guidelines and to improve the standard of procurement outcomes.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications

VET is “education and training for work” and is part of a broader educational network in Australia that includes schools, universities and adult and community education.

The VET system is jointly-managed by State, Territory and Australian governments, in partnership with industry and training providers.

There are new procurement qualifications and skill sets, which provide closer alignment with the professionalisation of procurement and a sustainable approach to qualifying public sector staff.

These are:

  • PSP42410 Certificate IV in Government (Procurement and Contracting);
  • PSP52510 Diploma of Government (Procurement and Contracting); and
  • PSP61212 Advanced Diploma of Government (Procurement and Contracting)

The State Procurement Board has been a leader in supporting the efforts of Government Skills Australia (GSA) to ensure that procurement skills sets and competencies are matched to appropriate procurement qualifications. GSA is a national Industry Skills Council for the government and community safety sectors representing VET and workforce interests. Click here to visit the GSA website.

Masters in Management (Strategic Procurement)

In 2011, following collaboration with the Board, the University of South Australia (UniSA) commenced delivering the new Masters in Management (Strategic Procurement) qualification. The Board has allocated funding for 10 part-scholarships for State Government officers nominated by their agency (with a rolling intake over 3 years, 2011-2013).

Further information can be found here.

Seminar Series

As part of the State Procurement Board’s commitment to the ongoing development of procurement practitioners across Government, the Procurement Professional Development Seminar Series has been developed to share procurement knowledge and learning with industry specialists.

The series has been running since 2007 and the sessions are aimed to deliver a focus on best practice and innovation in the Industry. The State Procurement Board’s speakers include Industry Champions detailing high profile business success stories and other topics of interest to the procurement community.