In this issue:                                                                   December, 2014

MAV Procurement 2014
MAV Local Government Funding Vehicle
Buy social this Christmas
Leap roll out
Training and events

MAV Procurement 2014

As the year wraps up it is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments and also look forward to future opportunities.

This has been our busiest year to date, with many major projects that required our ongoing focus. While these have been interesting and valuable for our members, it has meant that we haven't been able to communicate with council procurement teams as often as we’d have liked.

Recently we identified our strategic priorities for 2015, including opportunities around contracts, processes, training and professional development. In particular the team agrees that we can improve how we engage and report to both our suppliers and councils.

Therefore in 2015 we will be re-invigorating the MAV Procurement Bulletin and circulating this monthly. It will provide details on upcoming tenders, changes to contracts, news from suppliers, and any other relevant information. We welcome input from all councils and suppliers.

We also aim to develop a CRM database that will allow us to more effectively report to councils and suppliers on contract usage and market intelligence. We plan to conduct more events in 2015 and will again hold the Procurement Leaders Conference following the success of this inaugural event in May.

The MAV office will close at 3pm on 24 December, and will re-open on 5 January 2015. Have a great Christmas and New Year and we look forward to supporting you in 2015.

MAV Local Government Funding Vehicle

In 2014 we have been able to demonstrate the benefits and advantages that can be achieved through collaboration.

The establishment of the Local Government Funding Vehicle (LGFV) is a significant milestone within the Australian local government sector, and has been labelled as a ‘revolution in municipal finance’ within the banking industry. From the almost crippling effects of the $400 million defined benefit superannuation shortfall in 2012/13, the sector has rallied together to establish a cheaper source of funding that has the potential to save councils in excess of $100 million over the next 10 years.

Rather than being at the mercy of the banks, we are now in a position where we can source funding at a cheaper rate than the banks themselves, as was demonstrated through the first issuance of the LGFV in November this year.

We also received a lot of positive media coverage following the launch. The ongoing support of councils on projects such as the LGFV, Maternal and Child Health Information System and energy efficient street lighting is critical to ensuring both improved service delivery and the long-term financial sustainability of the sector.

Buy social this Christmas

Consistent with the MAV’s membership in Social Procurement Australasia, and our commitment to delivering local and regional community objectives through procurement, we invite councils in Victoria to get behind Good Spender this Christmas.

Good Spender is an online marketplace where consumers who want to make a difference with their shopping can buy directly from social enterprises. Social enterprises are led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit.

Every dollar spent with a social enterprise supports the social purpose of that organisation; this can range from creating employment for those with disabilities, the long-term unemployed or indigenous Australians, to protecting the environment and supporting nutrition and sanitation programs in developing countries.

A full list of products and sellers is available online. Sign-up as a buyer to receive the newsletter, where you will be the first to know about new products and promotions such as free shipping.

LEAP roll out

The MAV was proud to host the first Procurement Leaders conference in San Remo in May, where 40 procurement leaders from the sector came together to focus on leadership.

As an outcome of the leadership forum, the MAV has partnered with ArcBlue Consulting and launched the Procurement LEAP program, an ongoing improvement program. In-line with the MAV’s existing role supporting the capability of councils, the LEAP program has been specifically designed to enable improvement in procurement capability through benchmarking and spend analysis, as well as regional and sector collaboration.

For further information on the LEAP program please email us or download a copy of the LEAP Procurement Development Program Participation Agreement.

With the first LEAP councils set to kick off in early 2015 we look forward to ensuring the program provides long-term benefits for the sector.

Training and events

The MAV Procurement training program has proved to be very popular in 2014, with more than 300 council staff participating in the 28 sessions conducted across the year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their participation, and feedback, which ensures we continue to provide a relevant and high level of training.

In 2015 MAV Procurement will partner with ArcBlue Consulting to offer a range of training courses, including a number of new courses designed to enhance the skills of the local government procurement sector.

In 2015 we will offer:

Managing Contracts in Local Government: This course provides an overview of good practice contract management. It helps participants identify the importance of all phases of the procurement life-cycle to ensure effective contract management outcomes.

Planning and Specification Development: This course provides a more detailed outline of the principles of good practice procurement planning and specification development to ensure that resulting contract arrangements are effective and practical.

Evaluation, Supplier Selection and Contract Establishment: This new course provides a detailed outline of key processes to support good probity management, value for money outcomes and successful contracts. Designed for staff either currently involved in quotation/tender evaluations or about to do so, participants will come away with practical skills applicable in the local government context.

Contractor OHS Management: Contractor OHS Management focuses on providing specific guidance to assist contract managers with their responsibilities. Aligning with all the courses in the series, Contractor OHS Management is designed to highlight the importance of OHS considerations throughout every stage of the procurement cycle.

Spend Analysis Essentials for Savings, Efficiencies, Compliance and Collaboration: Designed for procurement and finance professionals, this course provides an overview of spend analysis methodologies and tools to identify opportunities for savings, improved compliance, local and sustainable spend, and the development of category management strategies and collaboration.

Procurement Essentials: This course is designed for all staff that have the ability to commit and approve expenditure within councils. It provides an overview of the legislative and regulatory obligations, standards of probity, purchasing processes, as well as outlining the strategic nature of procurement.

Social Procurement and Economic Development: This course provides council staff with insights into how procurement can be designed to support the achievement of social outcomes and local economic development. Frameworks for social procurement are explored, as well as practical tools and methods to assist councils to become social procurement ready.

Dates for both metro and regional training courses will be confirmed early in 2015. If you are interested in running in-house sessions within your council please contact Zara Ahmed.


MAV Procurement has been granted Ministerial approval under section 186(5)(c) of the Local Government Act 1989 in relation to contracts entered into by councils through MAV Procurement. This means that councils can now access MAV contracts at any time.

To gain access to contracts that you have not already signed up to, please download our contracts access request form and return it to the Procurement team.

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

MAV Procurement is pleased to announce the launch of two new contracts, Mobile Garbage Bins and Tyres & Batteries.

End of contracts

Office Supplies (ST4412): ST4412 will be expiring on 31 March 2015. This contract has no further extensions. MAV Procurement is currently in the process of registering interest for ST4412-2015 Office Supplies and Stationery. To register your council please email MAV Procurement.

IT Policy System (IT8010): This contract will expire on 31 January 2015. There are no further extensions available on this contract.

Upcoming MAV events...

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Social enterprise and economic development in local government

19 February

Social media for rural and regional councils

23 April

Company Directors Course


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