Australia: Invitation: Contestability and Contracting of Government Services - How to Get the Best Service at the Best Price
Last Updated: 3 April 2014
Date: 19 Jun 2014
Time: 9.00am – 4.45pm
Location: Level 28, Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Presenter(s): Jamie Doran and Jonathan Corby
Contact: Phone, 1800 882 110, Contact Client Training
Cost: $1,183 per person
$1,065 per person if booking two weeks before the workshop
$1,006 per person if in a group of three or more
Register for Contestability and Contracting of Government Services - How to Get the Best Service at the Best Price

New Government Law Program

The Queensland Government has announced that it will undertake a process of contestability to ensure that Queenslanders are receiving the best public services at the best price. In some areas, this will mean entering into contracts with the private sector for the provision of government services.

This workshop will look at the legal aspects of the contestability process and the key areas to focus on if you have to enter into a contract with an external service provider.

What we'll cover

  • Overview of the contestability framework
  • Fundamental principles of the Government's contestability approach
  • Structuring a contestability business case – what needs to be demonstrated and how can it be done
  • Preparing a Public Sector Comparator
  • Managing industrial relations through the process
  • The Queensland Procurement Policy
  • Testing the market – what are the options and when should they be used?
  • Assessing contestability through the use of the tender process
  • Alternatives to the tender process – when and how should they be used?
  • Understanding the fundamental contractual issues for government
    • Accountability and agency control
    • Performance levels and measures
    • Incentives and sanctions – do you need a carrot or a stick?
    • Monitoring and auditing performance
    • Variations
    • Security
    • Transition in
    • Transition out
    • Offshoring risks
    • Privacy, Public Records, Right to Information and confidentiality
  • Contract management to ensure best price and best service.

What you'll learn

You will:

  • Understand the benefits of contestability
  • Be able to structure a contestability business case
  • Be able to identify and develop a Public Sector Comparator
  • Be able to assess and make recommendations on tendering options
  • Be familiar with the key issues in contracting with external service providers
  • Be aware of the key risks to manage in contracts for the provision of government services.

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