In this issue:                                                                     August, 2015

Gippsland Local Government Network joins LEAP
MAV partners with Social Traders to make social impact
Printing services benefit the community: Social Traders
MAV Procurement Training Program
Contract update
Contract extensions
Contracts access
Supplier update: GR Design & Construct - custom shelter

Gippsland Local Government Network joins LEAP

There are now 20 councils participating in the LEAP Program, including our first full region, the Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN).

The GLGN is an alliance of six Gippsland councils who represent the collective interests of Gippsland, and work cooperatively on issues and projects of mutual interest. The GLGN has a strong focus on innovation and collaboration, and is led by the six council CEOs.

In addition to the individual benefits each council will achieve from the LEAP program, the regional rollout will support the GLGN with:

  • Regional collaboration to support economic development in Gippsland
  • Identification of shared services opportunities
  • Development of a regional procurement governance model
  • Development of a regional procurement strategy and plan
  • Driving savings and efficiencies.

If you are interested in obtaining further details or a proposal for a regional rollout of the LEAP program, please contact Cameron Spence or Rachel Ferretto.

MAV partners with Social Traders to make social impact

We are pleased to announce a new collaborative partnership between MAV Procurement and Social Traders, which aims to create employment for marginalised groups in local communities by connecting Victorian councils with social enterprises.

Social Traders is an independent not for profit company established in 2008 that works collaboratively with social enterprise operators to build commercially viable businesses that deliver social impact.

The social procurement initiative provides councils with access to a panel of certified social enterprises, simplifying and streamlining the engagement process and enabling councils to request quotations across a range of categories through the MAV Procurement VendorPanel system.

Buying from social enterprises is an effective way of councils leveraging the procurement process to support community outcomes, and in particular, to help create employment for marginalised groups.

Social enterprises on the panel support a range of beneficiaries including people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with mental illness and homeless people.

For further information, contact Cameron Spence.

Printing services benefit the community: Social Traders

Thanks to the new Social Traders Panel, local government buyers can now access almost 30 social enterprises as suppliers across a range of common categories. By engaging these organisations to deliver work, councils are also helping to provide jobs for people with disabilities and training opportunities for disengaged youth, among other social benefits.

There are three social enterprises listed on the panel that provide digital and offset printing services on a competitive commercial basis which also provide benefits back to the community: Copies R Us, Nadrasca, and The Flagstaff Group. These social enterprises are ready to quote on your next print job through the Social Traders Panel.

If you know of social enterprises that would benefit from being part of the new panel, please contact Sam Edmonds.

MAV Procurement Training Program

The MAV will be hosting a workshop on Social Procurement and Economic Development on 16 September.

The role of procurement in supporting the delivery of triple bottom line outcomes is increasingly being recognised throughout Australia. Councils are seeing the opportunity to leverage more out of their procurement spend, and involvement in social procurement projects nationally are growing. This training workshop focuses on demystifying social procurement, providing practical frameworks for social procurement and tools/systems/processes to make your council social procurement ready.

Participants who complete this workshop will gain a greater understanding of:

  • What is Social Procurement?
  • The business case for Social Procurement
  • Social Procurement and Local Economic Development Frameworks
  • The role of spend analysis
  • Enabling regional collaboration
  • Practical examples and case studies.

This course is suitable for all local government staff involved in procurement and service/project delivery with an interest in social and local economic outcomes.

Registrations can be made online.

Contract update

Marketing and Print Services tender

The Marketing and Print Services tender (MB8210-2015) was released to market on the 8 July and closed on 29 July to replace the current contract for Marketing Services (MB8210) which expires on 14 November.

As a result of a council feedback survey, the scope of the new contract was increased to include design and print services in addition to media and advertising services.

The indicative timing for this project is:

  • Evaluation: early August – mid September
  • Agreements: mid-September – October
  • Contract commences: 15 November

For further information, or to access the contract, please contact Rachel Ferretto.

Recruitment Services: now underway

The existing contract for Recruitment Services (RS8017) will expire on 31 October.

To meet the future and varying needs of recruitment services across the sector, MAV Procurement is undertaking a two staged tender process to replace this panel.

Stage one is currently underway. The Tender Evaluation Panel is currently evaluating responses for the stage one RFT, for the provision of a neutral vendor managed service.

Stage two for this tender will be for Permanent Recruitment Services for Officer Level and above. A publication date is anticipated for mid-September with contract commencement approximately early December.

For further information, or for a copy of the EOI, please contact Alison Hawkins.

Contaminated Land and Landfill Consultancy & Environmental Audit Services

Request for tender for the provision of Contaminated Land and Landfill Consultancy Services and Environmental Audit Services (CL7700) will be published 5 September.

The contract is expected to commence in November.

For councils interested in being kept up-to-date on the status of this tender please complete the Council Expression of Interest Form and return to Alison Hawkins.

NPN Fleet contracts: tenders closed, currently under evaluation

The current NPN Fleet contracts will be expiring on 30 September:

  • BUS213-0511 – Earth Moving and Material Handling Equipment
  • BUS205-0111 – Small Plant and Machinery
  • BUS212-0511 – Road and Bridge Making Equipment
  • BUS229-0712 – Truck Bodies and Trailers

The re-tendered contracts intend to merge the four current NPN Fleet contracts into two new contract arrangements:

  • NPN 1.15 – Specialised Trucks and Bodies: Combines contracts BUS229-0712 and BUS212-0511
  • NPN 2.15 – Plant Machinery and Equipment: Combines BUS213-0511, BUS205-0111

The tenders closed on 28 July and evaluation of the submissions by the National Procurement Network has almost been completed. The new contracts will commence on 1 October.

For further information on these upcoming contracts, please email MAV Procurement.

Contract extensions

Street Lighting

Contract SL9311 Approved Energy Efficient Street Lighting Hardware (Luminaires and associated PE cells) has been extended for a further 12-months.

The revised expiry date is 30 November 2016. All hardware supplied under this contract is approved energy efficient options.

For further information, contact Alison Hawkins. If you would like to access the contract, please fill out our contracts access request form and return it via email.

Contracts access

To gain access to MAV contracts that you have not already signed up to, please download our contracts access request form and return to

For a copy of our MAV Procurement Contract Overview Guide please contact us at

This document provides details of all current MAV Procurement contracts, including scope, contract term, suppliers and councils who participated in the tender process and the MAV contact.

Supplier update: GR Design & Construct - custom shelter

GR Design & Construct recently created a shelter concept design in conjunction with Leslie More from Land Design Partnership for a Victorian council. The preliminary design was put forward to the council with a budget estimate, with this information the council went to public tender for the design and construct in which GR was successful.

The shelter design was to complement the surrounding landscape and recent restroom installation. Other elements of the project needed to be considered such as access paths, ground levels and vegetation; the council was keen to see some ‘soft’ materials such as timber help it blend into the landscape.

GR's standard post configuration does just this, HDG steel, clad in hardwood sleeves (integrity of steel, but the look of timber). Further, there was rendered coloured concrete for the retaining walls and seating with HWD battens fixed to the top. A network of access paths to comply with current A/S made getting to and from the structure complete.

The end result is a great example of a council working with designers and builders to deliver quality open space products which benefit locals and visitors.

Visit the GR Design & Construct website for more open space ideas.

Upcoming MAV events...

10 - 11 September

The Future of Local Food Conference

18 September

Social procurement and economic development course

25 September

Writing for the web workshop


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