Council adopts revised procurement Policy following review

A review of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) Procurement of Goods and Services Policy has been undertaken as part of Council’s ongoing review process.

According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the purpose of the policy is to provide consistency and control over procurement practices, demonstrate accountability to ratepayers, guide ethical behaviour in purchasing and increase the probability of obtaining best value for money.

“The revised policy has been written having regard to the State Government’s Procurement Policy Framework for NSW Government Agencies and ICAC’s Corruption Risks in NSW Government Procurement.

“The policy applies to all contracting and procurement activities at Council and is binding upon Councillors, Council employees, contractors and consultants while engaged by Council. This policy is the primary reference point for how all procurement should be performed,” Councillor Hope said.

“Council’s contracting, purchasing and contract management activities aim to support LPSC’s corporate strategies, aims and objectives, including those related to sustainability, environmental protection and corporate social responsibility. It takes a long-term strategic view of our procurement needs while continually assessing, reviewing and auditing our procedures, strategy and objectives. It is important to provide a robust and transparent audit trail which ensures that procurement projects are delivered on time, within cost constraints, and ensuring the needs of end users are fully met,” he said.

“Other aims include achieving value for money and quality in the acquisition of goods, services and works by Council, that procurement is conducted, and seen to be conducted, in an impartial, fair and ethical manner and ensuring that risk is identified, assessed and managed at all stages of the process.

“We will use strategic procurement practices and innovative procurement solutions to promote sustainability and best value, in particular making use of collaboration and partnership opportunities and use social procurement to enhance sustainable and strategic procurement to effectively contribute towards building stronger communities and meeting our wider social objectives,” he continued.

“Council’s Procurement Policy is a critical ingredient in the overall suite of policies and controls designed to achieve best practice and protect Council from loss,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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