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.