WALGA & LGANT reach procurement advisory deal

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) will from January 2020 provide procurement advisory services to the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) and its 18 member councils.

The new service, Local Procurement NT, works as a subscription and is similar to the Procurement Subscription Service WALGA members use.

The presidents of both associations, Cr Lynne Craigie OAM (WALGA) and Mayor Damien Ryan (LGANT), signed a letter of engagement in November.

“This new agreement will assist councils to be more effective and efficient with their purchases, and deliver better outcomes for their communities,” LGANT President, Mayor Damien Ryan, said.

“Importantly the initiative will act as a mechanism to bring councils and local businesses closer together.”

LGANT was particularly interested in the new Ethics and Fraud in Procurement workshops which are part of the subscription service and also available to WALGA members, WALGA said.

Other benefits include a procurement toolkit of more than 40 templates including contracts, reviews of individual council procurement practices, and procurement planning advice.

Furthermore, LGANT Members can access WALGA’s other services such as Tender and Contract Managements Services, Taxation Subscription Service, and Council Connect on an as-required and fee-for-service basis.

LGANT also has a Memorandum of Understanding with Local Buy, part of the Local Government Association of Queensland, which allows members to access panel contracts arranged by Local Buy and via the National Procurement Network.