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Procurement essentials and contract management

Suitable for: APS - EL

Duration: 1-day workshop, half-day recall and workplace activities
Venue: APS Learning Centre, Canberra
Price: $975.00 (GST exclusive)
Registration: Visit APS Learn for scheduled dates and to enrol for this program 
Contact: CoreSkillsDevelopment [at] apsc.gov.au

Program rating from recent participants:

  • 85% said the program was valuable in developing their capability.
  • 85% said it was worth their investment of time and effort.

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NOTE: This program will benefit those undertaking procurement and contracting activities including resource and financial management.

Program overview

Procurement and contracting activities are undertaken by a range of APS employees with differing levels of expertise. The APS Leadership and Core Skills Strategy 2014–15 identified procurement essentials and contract management as essential core skills required by all APS employees as part of their role at some stage. This program has been designed in partnership with the Department of Finance to assist APS employees to understand the Commonwealth Resource Management Framework and demonstrate accountability and transparency in how taxpayer’s money is spent. As a result of this program, participants will be better able to plan and conduct ‘value for money’ procurements and effectively manage contracts to achieve government outcomes.

Participant benefits

On completion of this program, you will be able to, or better able to:

  • Identify the parts of the Commonwealth Resource Management Framework that are relevant to conducting procurement.
  • Identify and apply agency-specific requirements, including agency Accountable Authority Instructions (AAIs), internal control mechanisms or operational guidelines, and the particular risk framework to procurement activities.
  • Assess the need for procurement and explore alternatives.
  • Plan and conduct procurements that are efficient, effective, economical and ethical by adopting a value for money mindset through the positive engagement with risk.
  • Successfully manage contracts to deliver goods and/or services that achieve business/strategic outcomes.


  • Phase 1 - Self-directed, on-the-job knowledge of procurement and the Commonwealth Resource Management Framework.
  • Phase 2 - One-day facilitated workshop.
  • Phase 3 - Workplace project using agency-specific requirements.
  • Phase 4 - Half-day facilitated recall workshop.
  • Phase 5 - Ongoing application and development of skills in the workplace.
Last reviewed: 
9 January 2019