Procurement training & events

All face to face training has been postponed until further notice.

Due to the current climate, our Procurement and Contract Management training will be delivered virtually through webinars and supported by the Digital Academy platform.

We have modularised and enriched our tried and tested learning program to bring you live, bite-sized, webinar-suitable content right to your computer.

Our training and events program has been designed specifically to boost council skills in procurement and contract management, with training targeted at both introductory and advanced competency levels.

By applying structured procurement and contract management processes, council procurement staff will:

  • increase value for money outcomes;
  • drive efficiency through your council; and
  • reduce risks

Building on foundation skill levels can increase supplier performance, innovation and commercial outcomes.

The Procurement and Contract Management Training series for Local Government is targeted at council managers and officers, as well as elected representatives.


Please refer to each course for costs. Where a council has more than 10 staff attend the same training, as session can be booked specifically for that council. Cost is capped at 10 staff with attendee numbers limited to 14-20 depending on the course.

2020 Procurement and Contract Management Training Series

Probity in Procurement

21 August 2020 (Webinar)
9:00AM - 1:00PM
Cost: $200 per person (ex GST)

An essential course for anyone who raises a purchase order, authorises a contract or procurement exercise or is involved in purchasing activities. The course is aimed at officers at all levels and functions in councils and covers;

  • Probity defined
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Danger signs
  • What do we need to get right
  • Probity in the procurement process
  • What to do as a delegate

Negotiation Training

25 & 26 August (Webinar)
9:00AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $450 per person (ex GST)

This training provides the attendee with the skills and tools to effectively manage contract and supplier negotiations and provide council with the best value outcomes. The course teaches attendees the 5, 6, 7 approach to negotiation, providing a simple, structured method to build skills. The course includes practice activities (even online) and provides a sound foundation for developing negotiation skills.

Contract Management

9 & 10 September (Webinar)
9:00AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $350 per person (ex GST)

No matter your skill level, MAV Procurement’s intensive one-day Contract Management Training will provide council officers with the necessary tools and understanding of managing a contract. This webinar will cover:

  • Contract management principles
  • Contract management enablers
  • Planning contract management
  • Management of contracts
  • Transition out, including via expiry or dispute.

AS 4000 Contract Management

13 & 14 October (Webinar)
9:00AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $450 per person (ex GST)

A two-day course to examine and address administration of AS4000 contracts as Superintendent in a local government environment. This course is for superintendents new to the contract and those who are relatively experienced in its use. For those using AS 2124 it is relevant, however some aspects of this contract are different. This training will:

  • Introduce the relevant suite of contracts and their uses
  • Discuss each clause in the AS 4000, uses, impact and cautions
  • Clarify the role, responsibilities and powers of a superintendent
  • Clarify dispute management
  • Provide timetable layouts of each key, time-based function to assist superintendents to understand and meet the critical time periods
  • Highlight problem areas throughout the contract

Collaborative Procurement

17 &18 November (Webinar)
9:00AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $450 per person (ex GST)

The course is designed to demystify collaborative procurement, clarify many of the issues and myths that exist, and provide a structured approach to managing collaborative procurement opportunities and competing council requirements.

The course is aimed at Procurement Managers and Council officers working on collaborative procurement events with MAV Procurement and/or other councils. It is an advantage to have attended Specification to Evaluation training prior, however not critical.

By the end of the course attendees will be confident to contribute to, develop and run collaborative tenders with MAV Procurement and other councils. The course covers:

  • Identifying collaborative procurement opportunities
  • Governance considerations
  • How to approach the opportunity
  • Management options


We offer self-directed E-learning courses for councils to train their procurement staff without having to leave their office. Councils can either access training online for individuals or host the courses on an internal intranet. This training has been designed specifically for local government and provides council staff with an understanding of procurement best. Find out more.

Engage with us

For more information or enquiries about MAV Procurement training and events, contact:

Rachael Roger
(03) 9667 5550