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About the APCC
The APCC has taken the lead role in developing the growth of the procurement profession across Australia and New Zealand.
Procurement is one of the fastest growing fields in business today, employing 50,000 personnel nationally in public and private sector roles. Demand for top procurement talent is outstripping supply – it is estimated that between 500 and 1000 new entrants are required every year to sustain the profession.
With the procurement activity as a strategic role in business, procurement practitioners require a new set of competencies. The APCC is working to meet the joint challenges of further development in procurement capabilities, and resolving the significant skills shortage in the profession.
The APCC’s Professional Agenda
The power of strategic procurement to negotiate and leverage reductions in prices, including cost avoidance is dependent on the skills and knowledge of the procurement workforce. A professional strategic procurement workforce can deliver benefits to every organisation.
The APCC has been working on a range of strategies over the past five years to develop procurement capabilities and attract people to the profession. The APCC’s single cohesive national framework on the professionalisation of procurement encapsulates training at both the vocational and university level, including career progression and continuing professional development.
In May 2008 the APCC released the Building Government Procurement Capabilities (Guide) recognising that while a focus on strategic procurement thinking by procurement professionals is critical in improving government procurement capabilities, the APCC must also take into consideration the important role of procurement practitioners and government buyers in the process.
The Guide also articulates the widely adopted (across Australia, New Zealand and internationally) procurement roles (referred to as the Model) and an aspirational capabilities standard for those roles (referred to as the Standard). The Model and Standard have been adopted by private sector organisations.
The Guide acts as a tool to actively improve procurement capability and articulates the journey that individuals may take to further their careers and position them at a leading level within the public sector.
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Procurement training and education is an investment,
not an expense


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For further information on Procurement Capability Development please visit the following pages on our website:

For information regarding how to participate in the above activities and/or Working Group please contact Catriona Vigor, ACT Government Procurement Solutions,,
Tel: (02) 6205-5279.


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Partnering with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australiasia (CIPSA)

The APCC has been working with Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australasia (CIPSA) on its professionalisation agenda. These joint APCC-CIPSA initiatives include collaborating with the tertiary sector on a national professional framework encompassing professional accredited vocational and university courses.

The new postgraduate programs in strategic procurement have been well received, with enrolments in some areas far exceeding expectations.
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IPAA’s Public Sector Professional Capability Standards Program (IPCSP)
IPAA has developed a professional capability standard to encourage the development of high quality, capable and professional public servants. The use of these capability standards should contribute to improved value for money for government businesses, higher quality and consistent public sector performance, and enhance the careers of those working at the professional level within the public sector.  For further information click here... 

Australian Technology Network of Universities and University of Canberra

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The APCC is partnering with the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) and the University of Canberra to introduce postgraduate programs in strategic procurement. The postgraduate programs will create a larger pool of qualified staff to meet the skill requirements in both industry and government.

The APCC University Initiative has achieved a cohesive model across Australia and helped to highlight the importance of specialist procurement education.  The postgraduate programs are being offered at these universities:-

Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia Course Handbook - Strategic Procurement Major (MBA)
University of South Australia, South Australia Master of Management (Strategic Procurement)
​RMIT University of Melbourne, Victoria 2014 Postgraduate Strategic Procurement
​University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales

Operations and Supply Chain Management - Degree Programs

​Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Executive Masters of Business (Strategic Procurement)
​University of Canberra, Australia Capital Territory MBA in Strategic Procurement


For more information on postgraduate study in strategic procurement - .

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