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community wellbeing. Canberrans expect procurements to be consistent with community values, achieve value for money and be conducted with transparency, fairness and rigour.

Drawing on the recommendations of a range of reviews and audits, including
the self-initiated review by Renée Leon, as well as contemporary best practice in government procurement and broad-ranging consultation with key stakeholders, the ACT
government has commenced work on a comprehensive procurement reform program.

The ACT government procurement framework is governed by the Government Procurement Act 2001 and the associated regulation. A review of the legislation has already commenced, with a view to ensuring that it continues to meet contemporary needs and supports innovation. The ACT government will also streamline our procurement policies and templates to ensure that they continue to meet our procurement values and our international trade obligations efficiently and effectively.

Over the next three years, the government will embark on a procurement reform program with three key commitments: increasing transparency, streamlining processes and providing greater support. The Procurement Reform Program will transform ACT government procurement to ensure that we deliver these key commitments.

The program will be implemented progressively to 30 June 2025 to deliver a framework for efficient, effective and accountable business outcomes, and meets the policy objectives of government and strengthens procurement practices across the ACT public service. The program has an associated work plan that supports the implementation by identifying a suite of actions for delivery in the immediate, short, medium and long term.

I am pleased to inform members of the Assembly that the ACT government has delivered the immediate actions under the reform program’s first milestone of 30 September 2022. Recognising that procurement is a specialised skill, the ACT government’s procurement workforce will be supported by the release of an ACT government procurement capability strategy, which will uplift the capability of those undertaking and supporting procurement.

Investing in our procurement workforce makes the ACT government an employer of choice for procurement professionals, allowing us to attract and retain talented and highly skilled officers. A skilled and connected workforce that can respond to new and emerging trends in procurement is critical to ensuring that procurement is managed consistently, effectively and to the highest of standards.

The capability strategy delivers a series of actions through learning and qualification requirements, which will embed the requisite skills, performance and professional development of the procurement workforce. As part of this, work will be undertaken to ensure that the Procurement ACT workforce is appropriately positioned to provide capable, customer-focused systems and service and support for the full range of contemporary procurement options, in accordance with the tiered service delivery model. This will help our public service make evidence-based procurement decisions which are conducted with probity and can withstand scrutiny.

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