Procurement - Planning and Introduction to Specification Writing

Procurement - Planning and Introduction to Specification Writing


This two-day intermediate course describes the skills required to plan, justify and approve of procurement requirements to achieve the required outcome. It includes defining and justifying the need, researching potential impact and risks, and securing organisational support to proceed with procurement activity.

Robust analysis of the market and your requirement is key to ensuring good contractual outcomes.

This course will focus in detail on the critical steps associated with planning for successful contracts.

Addressing key areas including: understanding the supply market, risk management, and procurement methodology, this course will provide skills, processes and concepts to follow to assist those Officers involved in all aspects of the preparation of procurement activities.

The second day focusses on developing, assessing and guiding others in preparing a procurement requirement that is fit for purpose.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out.

Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Recommended Prior Learning: PCE – Procurement and Contract Essentials

Target Audience

Officers – finance, or any administration such as planning or facilities, team members who require a basic understanding of procurement and contracts; Officers with responsibility for, or touch points within, the purchasing framework of the LG. This may include inside and outside crews such as governance, procurement, works, facilities maintenance, finance, events etc Those undertaking this unit would work under minor supervision, while performing complex tasks in familiar context.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Define procurement requirements through need identification, stakeholder engagement and market analysis;
  • Determine whole-of-life costing;
  • Identify different contract types and when to use them; and
  • Conduct a risk assessment and manage identified risks through the procurement process.
  • Prepare a basic specification document;
  • Confirm procurement approvals and appropriations for whole-of-life of the activity,
  • Understand what is involved in a procurement outcome so that it is fair to, and achievable by, potential providers,
  • Understand the different specification types, and when to use them,
  • Understand how to prepare key performance indicators in a way that is achievable and meaningful.


2 days, 9:00am - 4:30pm


$950.00 (Incl GST) 

Cancellations, transfers and substitutions

  • Requested must be received in writing via email, letter or fax.
  • Cancellations received within 5 working days of the start of the course will incur a 20% administration fee of the full course cost.
  • Non-attendance or cancellations received within 2 working days of the start of the course will incur the full course fee.
  • Participants can only transfer course dates once without incurring the full fee.
  • Substitutions can be made at any time and no fee will be incurred.
Procurement - Planning and Introduction to Specification Writing
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021
  • Registration from 8:30AM
  • WALGA Office
    L1/170 Railway Parade
    West Leederville
  • $950.00 (Inc GST)
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