In this issue:                                                                     July/August 2016

Local Government Funding Vehicle update
LEAP update
Procurement training
Contract updates
Events

Local Government Funding Vehicle update

The MAV's Local Government Funding Vehicle (LGFV), successfully completed the second bond issuance of $100 million into debt capital markets on Friday 17 June.

The second issuance of the LGFV saw strong demand and was quickly snapped up from local and global institutional investors who were eager to purchase the secure, long-tenor and highly rated assets (the bonds were rated Aa2 by Moody’s).

The LGFV provides a structure that allows councils to aggregate their loans to build the scale required to participate in capital markets. Rather than each council going to a panel of lenders and applying for loans separately, the LGFV aggregates the group as a pool of loans with sufficient size to be efficient to institutional investors. The structure allows councils to take full advantage of the stability of their cash flows to reduce their borrowing costs.

LGFV’s are written into public policy in Norway where they have been used by local councils since 1926, and are increasingly common in countries like Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. However it is still new in Australia – our LGFV was the first vehicle established by the Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank for MAV’s first issuance in late 2014, with the most recent issuance also arranged and issued by CBA and NAB.

For more details contact Cameron Spence

LEAP update

There are now 27 councils in the LEAP Program, with Colac Otway Shire and Warrnambool City Council joining in June.

LEAP New Developments

ELearning

Development of the ArcBlue/MAV eLearning modules are underway and will be ready in early August 2016. For more information on eLearning, contact MAV Procurement.

Standardised documentation – Steering group update

There are 16 members on the steering group for the development of standardised documentation, with an excellent representation from both metro and regional councils (3 members of which are representing their RPEN groups). The group has begun developing the first templates:

  • RFT and tendering terms and conditions;
  • Request for quotation; and
  • Standard contracts.

Other procurement documents and templates will be commenced at a later stage.

Benefits for councils and regions participating in the MAV LEAP Program include:

  • Visibility of category and contract savings opportunities
  • Inform regional collaborative procurement projects
  • Driving shared services delivery of procurement and other core services
  • Delivery of targeted support to each council and regions to continuously improve
  • Ability to monitor compliance with policy and probity performance.

If you would like more information on the LEAP program, or to arrange an information session/demonstration at your council, contact Rachel Ferretto

Procurement training

Round one of our Procurement and Contract Management Excellence Series is now complete. The courses were well received throughout the sector, with more than 70 participants from 24 councils across Victoria.

Participants have expressed that the courses were “Helpful, engaging”;  that our facilitators were “knowledgeable”; and that the material was “...relevant to our business in procurement.”

We've received a high number of enquiries regarding the training, and we are happy to announce that popular courses are now confirmed to run again in October and November:

  1. Probity and Risk Management: 4 October
  2. Spend Analysis Essentials for Savings, Efficiencies, Compliance and Collaboration: 18 October
  3. Planning and Specification Development: 26 October
  4. Evaluation, Supplier Selection and Contract Establishment: 16 November
  5. Advanced Contract Management (2 days): 29-30 November.

Secure your spot by registering online today today. If you would like more information on the courses that are run please visit our website.

For further information, contact Zara Ahmed.

Contract updates

Park and Playground Equipment (PP4924)

The Park and Playground Equipment contract (PP4924) for the provision of park, playground and fitness equipment, outdoor furniture, structures and signage, and related products/services is expiring on 15 January 2017. The contract is being re-tendered this month, with a view to increase the current scope. Therefore we are seeking expressions of interest for participants in the tender process and evaluation of the tender responses.

If you would like to be part of this process on behalf of Victorian councils, contact Rachel Ferretto.

Workwear and Personal Protective Apparel

The National Procurement Network (NPN) contract for Workwear and Personal Protective Apparel NPN3.11 has been re-tendered and is currently in the evaluation stage. If you would like further information about this tender, contact Alison Hawkins.

Permanent Recruitment RS8017-2015PR

The tender evaluation stage for Permanent Recruitment Classified (RS8017-2015PR) is nearing completion. A recommendation paper will be circulated by the end of this week. For further information, contact Alison Hawkins.

If you would like to receive a copy of the recommendation paper and have not previously registered, please complete the attached Expression of Interest Form.

Energy Efficient Street Lighting Hardware

A contract pricing and product list has been updated for Energy Efficient Street Lighting Hardware (luminaires and associated PE Cells). To access the pricing table please refer to Vendor Panel. For further information, contact Alison Hawkins.

ICT Professional Services and Leasing (ES8111)

We are currently in the process of finalising agreements with a number of suppliers and hope to have these available on VendorPanel over the next week or so, increasing panel access to around 25 suppliers.

Negotiations are still ongoing with a number of other suppliers and we hope to have further additions to report in the next couple of weeks also.

For further information, contact Paul Taylor.

VMware (VM4323-2016)

The new Victorian Local Government VMware Enterprise License Agreement is now in place and the  appointment of an ongoing implementation partner has also been completed, with Thomas Duryea Consulting successful via our recent tender process.

All participating councils should have received invoices relating to your costs, which are now due, so please action at your earliest convenience. The contract will run for a period of two years until the end of June 2018.

For further information, contact Paul Taylor.

Incident Management System (ME4315)

Our agreement with Datalink Internet Systems Pty Ltd, developers of the Crisisworks incident management platform has been extended for a further two years following a recent council survey.

Further information will be circulated to councils shortly regarding the extension, which takes the expiry of this contract out to 30 June 2018.

For further information, contact Cameron Spence.

Upcoming MAV events...

10-11 August

MAV Technology Conference

24 August

BESS Advanced training course

8 September

MAV Annual Conference and Dinner

 

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