Public Sector Contract Management Course
The Public Sector establishes and manages more contracts by number and value than any other sector. There is enormous variety in the type and range of contracts managed for the benefit of the community. Some contracts are relatively standard and low risk, others are high risk and high value. The public’s interest in how contracts are awarded and managed stems from the important role they play in underpinning service delivery.
This public sector contract management course is aimed at providing an understanding of the key principles of contracting in the contemporary public sector. This course will improve your skills and confidence in managing contracts, leading to improved contractual outcomes for the organisation, reduced costs and increased public confidence. Focusing on the key skills necessary throughout the contract management lifecycle to ensure that contracts achieve successful outcomes, this practical course will teach you how to develop a contract management plan, address key issues including managing variations and disputes and related legal risks. Using case studies and recent ICAC investigations, the course addresses managing probity and integrity issues which can arise when managing contracts in the public sector context.
|Duration||One session (8 hours in total)|
|Dates||Tue 8 Dec, 2020|
|Time||9:00 AM — 5:00 PM|
|Venue||Due to COVID-19 this course will be delivered online, via a live video link|
|Cost||$685 (GST free)|
This contract management course provides essential information on the contract management life-cycle including:
- The role of contract management.
- Contract management principles.
- The role of contract management frameworks.
- Establishing clear contract management roles and responsibilities.
- Designing, developing and implementing contracts.
- Importance of effective contract handover and transitioning between contractors.
- Classifying contracts using value/risk assessment.
- Finalising the contract management plan.
- Managing contract performance.
- Negotiating through contractual disputes.
- Risk identification and management.
- Finalising the contract, closing loose ends and conducting post contract reviews.
- Managing contract extension, renewal or variation.
- Probity and ethics in developing and managing contracts within the public sector.
At the completion of this contract management course you will:
- Understand the increasing role of contracting in the public sector.
- Recognise the nuances of managing human services contracts.
- Have comprehensive knowledge of the principles of contract management.
- Understand the legal fundamentals in contracting.
- Be able to manage performance disputes and conflicts.
- Be able to develop and implement an effective contract management plan.
- Identify and manage probity and other risks to contract performance.
- Better understand the supplier’s perspective in public sector contracting.
- Be able to evaluate, negotiate and administer contract variations.
- Understand how to agree, build and monitor KPIs to manage contractor performance.
This contract management course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
Due to COVID-19, this contract management course will be delivered online, via a live video link. Participants will also be able to access online activities and readings in the UTS Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas, to supplement these sessions.
Who is the course for?
This contract management course is designed for participants seeking an understanding of the key principles to be considered when managing contracts in the public sector. This course provides essential information on the contract management life-cycle including consideration of procurement principles. Examples of relevant roles that participants attending the program hold include: contract manager, procurement specialist, supply chain managers, legal counsel, project managers and executives as contract owners.
In-house training solutions
This contract management course can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.
About the presenters
Rob Halsall is an experienced Chief Procurement Officer, facilitator and university lecturer. He has extensive international experience across leading automotive, chemical, telecommunications, tertiary and financial services organisations. Rob has experience in executive and board director level roles, including leadership roles driving business strategy and transformation, organisational design and operating models, program management and delivery and end-to-end procurement. In recent years, Rob has developed a particular interest in developing high performing leaders and teams as both an executive within the corporate environment and also as an independent consultant, mentor and coach. In 2018, Rob was awarded the CIPS Australasia Procurement Professional of the Year Award and Ernst & Young New Zealand Procurement Professional of the Year. In 2019, he was the 2019 CIPS Australasia Winner for both People Development and Risk Mitigation Categories.
Paul Vorbach is a Director of Academy Global, and Honorary Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. He has executive management experience in multinational commercial firms, including Deloitte and Citi. He has deep experience across consulting, financial services and management education industries and has conducted assignments in 20 countries on 5 continents. He works with clients in the areas of capability strategy, training needs analysis, program design and course delivery. His areas of expertise include finance, procurement, risk management, restructuring and turnaround.
This contract management course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.
This short course is presented by the university's Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Learn more about the Institute's research, industry collaboration, postgraduate programs and short courses.