Expressions of interest - Procurement Review Board Industry Representative

The Northern Territory Government is seeking expressions of interest for the newly established role of Industry Representative on the Procurement Review Board.

About the Procurement Review Board

The Procurement Review Board (PRB) independently reviews government procurement activity to ensure adherence to procurement policy and identifies strategic opportunities for improvement.

The PRB is accountable to the minister responsible for procurement and provides advice to the minister on agency compliance with government procurement policy and processes.

The PRB determines appeals in relation to the admissibility of a quote or tender.

About the role

The Industry Representative will provide a conduit between industry and government ensuring the interests of industry are represented and considered on the PRB and the Buy Local Sub-Committee.

The appointment is part time as a member of the PRB and a member of the Buy Local Sub-Committee. The role requires attendance to quarterly meetings of the PRB, consideration of out-of-session matters and quarterly attendance at meetings of the Buy Local Sub-Committee.

The successful applicant will be required to adhere to strict confidentiality requirements and to declare all potential conflicts of interest before commencing in the role.

Note: No office accommodation will be provided as part of this role.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Act as an independent conduit between local business and the Northern Territory Government.
  2. Represent the interests of local business and industry as a member of the PRB.
  3. As part of the Buy Local Subcommittee of the PRB:
    1. oversee agency and industry compliance with the Buy Local Plan, and
    2. monitor the overall effectiveness and impact of the Buy Local Plan, including monitoring for unintended consequences.
  4. Provide feedback to government on ways to improve procurement policy including Buy Local Plan.
  5. Uphold the highest levels of commercial confidentiality and probity.

This is a publicly advertised expression of interest process, which closes on Friday 2 June 2017 at 4pm.

Expressions of interests for the Procurement Review Board Industry Representative role will be reviewed by a panel of government and industry representatives. 

The appointment to the role will be made by the minister.

Selection criteria

  1. A long term commitment to the Northern Territory (NT) and be a current NT resident.
  2. Current or previous membership to a prominent industry organisation established in the NT.
  3. No standing conflicts that would impede performing the functions of the Industry Representative.
  4. Demonstrated ability to liaise and collaborate with senior representatives of industry and government on complex and sensitive matters.
  5. Extensive knowledge of the NT industry capability.
  6. Knowledge of NT procurement and contract management practices.

How to apply

Please provide a two page cover letter and resume to prb.secretariat@nt.gov.au

For further information relating to this role, please contact Jason Howe on (08) 8999 3840 or by emailing prb.secretariat@nt.gov.au

Frequently asked questions

What is the role of the Industry Representative?

The role of the Procurement Review Board Industry Representative is to:

  • provide a conduit between industry and government;
  • ensure the interests of industry are represented and considered on the PRB and the Buy Local Sub-Committee.

What is the Buy Local Plan?

The Buy Local Plan consists of a suite of measures designed to improve the way that local benefits are identified, evaluated and realised at all stages of the procurement and contracting lifecycle.

The policy is based on extensive consultation with Territory businesses, industry associations and other stakeholders about procurement policy and practice.

For more information go to the Buy Local website   

What is the Procurement Review Board?

The PRB is accountable to the minister responsible for procurement and provides advice to the minister on agency compliance with NT Government procurement policy and processes.

Read further information on the role and membership of the current Procurement Review Board.

What is the Buy Local Subcommittee?

The newly announced Buy Local Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the PRB, chaired by the Buy Local Industry Advocate established to monitor the Buy Local Plan.

Is the Procurement Review Board Industry Representativea remunerated role?

The Procurement Review Board Industry Representative is eligible for remuneration as a member of a statutory body.

For more information go to the Department of Chief Minister website

Is the Procurement Review Board Industry Representative a full time role?

The is considered to be a part time role with attendance at quarterly meetings of the PRB and Buy Local Sub-Committee and consideration of any out-of-session matters.

What term is the Procurement Review Board Industry Representative appointed for?

The Procurement Review Board Industry Representative will be appointed for a period of up to four years, the specific appointment term will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

When will the Procurement Review Board Industry Representative role commence?

The role of the Procurement Review Board Industry Representative will commence on or after 1 July 2017, dependent on the successful applicants availability.

Value for Territory Assurance Program

The Value for Territory Assurance Program is an overarching program of audit and assurance activities that evaluate:

  • internal NT Government and externally industry compliance with the Buy Local Plan
  • the effectiveness of the Buy Local Plan
  • the impact of the Buy Local Plan (including unintended impacts).

Evaluation of these criteria is achieved through the direct and indirect activities of the Buy Local Industry Advocate, with the assistance of the Buy Local Subcommittee of the PRB. These activities are to be designed to measure the effectiveness of and compliance with the Buy Local Plan.

Direct activity

Includes audit and review activities undertaken by or at the direction of the Buy Local Industry Advocate, including:

  • audit or review of individual procurement activities against the Buy Local Plan (full lifecycle)
  • audit or review procurement activities against specific Buy Local Plan requirements (ie targeted audit as a result of a substantive complaint or allegation).

Indirect activity

Includes activities which the Buy Local Industry Advocate has oversight without direct involvement in auditing or reviewing procurement activity, including:

  • agency internal audit and assurance programs (agencies required to establish and report on)
  • feedback and observations from industry
  • complaints received from industry.

Value for Territory Assurance Program reporting

The Buy Local Industry Advocate will prepare and publicly publish annual reports on the findings of the Value for Territory Assurance Program.

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