Procurement's Role in Local Government.

Written by local government procurement & probity consultant, and former local council CPO, Silke Therhaag, this brief summary of the new Open Windows Software white-paper isolates seven of the future key challenges facing local government procurement managers particularly. As ever more is demanded of resource pressed councils, outsourcing is increasingly a solution for everything from critical community services to minor projects. 

Local councils in Australia spend roughly the same as federal government (around $34bn per annum). So, procurement is now a vital and essential part of what councils do.

Indeed, it is increasingly a core capability to deliver any council’s core services and programme provision. And, as councils aggregate more stakeholders are increasingly concerned with provenance, so the role of procurement will become more crucial to engineering better outcomes in future.


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A case study examining local government procurement in Victoria

In this new whitepaper, you'll learn ;

  • The growing issues and obstacles facing procurement within local government today
  • Why procurement is vital and essential in Local Council.
  • Process and best practice in local government procurement
  • The three levers of procurement capability


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About the Author

Silke Therhaag, 

Local Council Procurement and Probity Consultant

SILKE THERHAAG, Procurement and Probity Consultant
With some 16 years experience in large corporations such as AXA, Ericsson, Ford and MAZDA as well as the local and state government sector, Silke is currently contracted as a consultant by the Victorian state government (DELWP) where she coordinates 9 regional procurement excellence networks of 79 Councils in Victoria to encourage greater collaboration amongst councils as well as providing consultancy services to individual councils.
Prior to this, for almost 8 years, Silke successfully established and led the procurement and contracts team at Moonee Valley City Council (MVCC). With her continuous drive for improvement her team won a sector wide best practice procurement award which paved the way for her to be a respected leader in the sector ever since.
Silke Therhaag is an accredited procurement probity practitioner with thorough and applied knowledge of the principles and
practicalities that attend to the process of tendering in the public sector. She has a legal background and being a German trained
barrister, Silke’s global commercial contract and negotiation expertise as well as her lateral thinking skills and can-do attitude enable her to achieve significant change and strategic impact for stakeholders through identifying and managing new opportunities.
Silke’s work with MVCC’s executive team and their full endorsement of her proposed centre-led and strategic category management model of procurement, has transitioned Council to be one of only two councils in Victoria investing into operating such a procurement framework and model.