Procurement staff have a key role in unlocking value for money and managing risk for the South Australian Government. The cost of undertaking qualifications has previously been identified as a barrier to developing procurement skills at both agency and individual levels. The Board has established a procurement qualification support fund to help address this barrier, encourage staff to undertake a procurement or contract management qualification, and support attraction and retention strategies within the profession. This procurement qualification support fund aligns with the State Procurement Board’s 2017-19 Capability Development Strategy and aims to build procurement capability in the South Australian public sector.
This Procurement Qualification Support fund is established for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2023 to provide financial support to SA public authority procurement and contract management employees who successfully complete a procurement qualification. Funding of up to $150,000 is available over this period. Applications will be considered in chronological order from date of receipt. Application forms must be completed in full and provide the required supporting documentation. Incomplete application forms will not be considered.
To be eligible to claim for reimbursement of your qualification costs you must:
1) Be a current employee of a South Australian public authority, working in a role which has a ‘significant procurement focus’ (meaning “being in full time procurement or contract management, or whose role involves spending more than 50% of their time on procurement related activities or managing contracts”).
2) Be either permanently employed by that public authority or on a fixed term contract with at least twelve months remaining at the date of application for reimbursement.
3) Submit a valid application form. This application should include evidence of qualification completion and costs incurred, details of any agency/other funding, and Line Manager verification that your role has a ‘significant procurement focus’.
4) Have successfully completed your qualification from 1 July 2016 onwards (Reimbursement Time Limit). Qualifications completed prior to this date are not eligible for reimbursement.
5) Meet the Fund Scope requirement – to be eligible, the qualification must:
- Be obtained through a University, OR, Vocational Education and Training (VET) provider, OR, the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
- Be an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4 to 9 qualification or equivalent.
- Be procurement/contract management specific (i.e. law, business and other indirectly relevant qualifications will not be in scope).
How to Apply
The Board has alsoablished a Procurement Academic Excellence Recognition Initiative. This is a complementary initiative to recognise individuals who have achieved academic excellence in gaining procurement and/or contract management qualifications. Applicants for the Procurement Qualification Support Fund can choose to be considered for this award by completing the relevant section of the Procurement Qualification Support Fund application form.