***VGPB December Meeting Update***
On Thursday 8 December the VGPB held its final Board meeting for 2016. The Board welcomed the Department of Treasury and Finance Secretary, Mr David Martine, who discussed a range of topics including the importance of the VGPB’s role in increasing procurement capability across government.
The Board reviewed and approved minor enhancements to the current performance measurement framework used by organisations to report procurement efficiency and effectiveness. These enhancements are designed to clarify the methodology used to calculate the metrics. Performance measures are published in the VGPB’s annual report.
The Board also reviewed and endorsed a standard forward procurement activity plan template, that was developed in consultation with Chief Procurement Officers. This template will be used by organisations to publish their forward procurement activity plans, making it easier for suppliers to identify upcoming procurement opportunities through use of a standard document.
***2015-16 VGPB Annual Report***
The 2015-16 VGPB Annual Report was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Finance on 13 October 2016.
The VGPB would like to recognise the enormous amount of work that organisations have contributed to this year's report to support the VGPB in achieving its strategic priorities.
Key highlights of the report include:
- delivering on the Government's election commitments through the completion of a policy review.
- implementing standardised performance measures across Government for the procurement of goods and services to establish a baseline for future reporting; and
- developing a five year strategic plan that includes five strategic priorities that focus on the VGPB on areas where it can support organisations as the Victorian Government moves to a more sophisticated procurement model.
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*** Guide to understanding the supply chain ***
A new guide has been developed to help procurers understand supply chain analysis. The guide seeks to help procurers understand how supply chain can inform the way they procure and inform the broader organisations procurement framework.
Understanding the supply chain and what contributes to the delivery of a good or service can:
- help to achieve optimal value for money;
- assist with managing risks that may impact the successful delivery; and
- help to identify where procurement can be used to meet broader government objectives.
***Government buyer confidential information system***
A new state purchase contract confidential information system has been established for Government buyers. To gain access buyers are required to complete an online registration form. Download the attached step-by-step instruction guide to follow the registration process State Purchase Contracts Registration Guide.docx (130 KB).
For more information visit the State Purchase Contract page
**Restrictions on non-campaign advertising in metropolitan print media**
The Victorian Government has introduced restrictions on non-campaign advertising in metropolitan print media by government departments, visit the Master Agency Media Services state purchase contract to find out more information.
***Revised VGPB supply policies effective 1 July 2016***
The Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) has published its revised supply policies in the Government Gazette on page 1591. The revised supply policies continue to support the VGPB's objective to drive efficiency in procurement and value for money outcomes for the State.
The policy review was conducted against the Government’s 2014 election commitments and feedback from organisations. The review identified a number of policy and guidance material changes along with broader government initiatives that the VGPB continues to play an active role in delivering.
All in scope organisations will need to comply with the revised supply policies from 1 July 2016. To assist with understanding the changes a comparison table outlining the changes is available. This has also been provided to all Chief Procurement Officers.
Additional information on the revised policies, guides and initiatives can be found in the VGPB Policy Review Fact Sheet.
The VGPB will provide updates via this page to support organisations throughout this process.