What you will learn

Procurement, contracting, and commissioning are cornerstones of public service delivery, and procurement professionals need a range of tools and frameworks to be more strategic, achieve better outcomes, and create a broad range of value.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for procurement professionals in government and the private sector who are seeking key concepts, frameworks and skills for implementing a more strategic approach to procurement and service delivery that incorporates social and sustainable procurement goals.

Delivered by leading experts in public procurement, this course has been designed to ensure learning meets the real-world needs of the sector.

Investigate key aspects of public procurement

Review core public procurement systems, such as risk, supply markets, and government objectives. You'll work with your peers to identify key challenges when procuring for the public sector, and pinpoint innovative solutions that deliver social value to communities.

Explore stakeholder relationship management  

Gain essential skills to engage and leverage key stakeholders in your procurement ecosystem.  Understand how to communicate the value of sustainable procurement to your networks, including suppliers, social enterprises, and communities.  You'll learn how to build and manage supplier relationships to improve outcomes delivered between suppliers and buyers.

Apply your new knowledge to a public procurement process

Develop a short policy brief that evaluates a key procurement process and makes actionable recommendations based on your own independent research. Present your brief to your peers and receive expert feedback from your course facilitator.

Creating Value through Public Procurement is offered by the Melbourne School of Government. Sign up to the School’s monthly e-news for course, research and event updates.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academics and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Dr Warren Staples

Lecturer in Social Procurement

Warren's research focuses on public and social procurement, particularly the use of social value/value-for-money-criteria on construction and infrastructure projects. He has previously worked in local government and is currently the Co-Chair of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria 'Procurement' Community of Practice and a member of the Australasian Procurement & Construction Council (APCC) Procurement and Contracting Network.

More from this series

The Social and Sustainable Procurement series

The Social and Sustainable Procurement series examines how procurement can best achieve benefits beyond value for money, taking a multidisciplinary approach. Developed in consultation with government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations leading the way in social procurement practices, it aims to upskill professionals in social procurement and provide learning outcomes that match the real-world needs of the sector.

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For individuals

To take Creating Value through Public Procurement as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Creating Value through Public Procurement , get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

Pricing on request

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