NSW Local Government Procurement announces new initiative

160 local councils will trial a new Australian technology

The NSW Local Government Procurement (LGP) has announced it will implement a new Australian technology in 160 local councils to improve the process of accessing and managing suppliers.

LPG, a group established by the Local Government and Shires Associations to provide a procurement service to councils and associated organisations, will begin the trial this month.

It will test the use of [[xref:https://www.vendorpanel.com/|VendorPanel,|VendorPanel a web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that claims to assist the procurement process by providing staff with the preferred suppliers and vice versa, improve council spending and reduce administration.

Specifically, the technology will target struggling areas of procurement, including professional services and maintenance repairs and operations, which often have many preferred suppliers making it hard to source.

General manager of NSW LGP, Brian O’Mara, said that the software’s mission is to make the procurement process easier for both parties.

“To make it easier for councils to access the best match preferred suppliers; easier for preferred suppliers to access opportunities and benefit from their preferred status; and easier for procurement to optimise supplier relationships while reducing administration and risk, with real time visibility before decisions are made,” O’Mara said in a statement.

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