In response to a series of recent state-based Auditor General reports, this webinar explores how effective council contract management can help to satisfy the community, as well as delivering cost-effectiveness for ratepayers in the post-COVID environment.

Learn how to set your council up for success with Portt.

Why is effective contract management in council important?

In Council, contracts vary in complexity, value, duration and risk, but all benefit from a strong approach to contract management. At the core, it is essential that Council is able to demonstrate that contracting is effective, meets the standards expected by the community and the Parliament, and provides good value for money for the ratepayer.

The WA Auditor General’s Report (issued on 4 May 2020) highlighted a set of state-wide recommendations for WA Councils to implement to ensure compliance and better practice. These insights and recommendations are invaluable and 100% actionable for councils in all of Australia’s states and territories. 

What was the focus of the WA Auditor General’s Report for Local Government?

  • Eight local government entities were audited
  • Strong approach to contract management and processes
  • Providing good value for money for the ratepayer
  • Comprehensive policies and good management of contract variations and extensions
  • Contracts register to help effectively management contracts


Webinar: Delivering Value for Money Through Effective Contract Management

Watch the webinar where Luke Kenny (Local Government Procurement), Mark Reddy (Portt) and Chris Newman (ArcBlue) run through the recommendations from the Auditor General, and talk about lessons learned from other states. An actionable framework and approach to the recommendations set out in the Auditor General’s Report is also provided.

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Why choose Portt for your council supplier management system?

Finally solve your council’s contract management issues in less than a month with the swift implementation of the Portt end-to-end procurement solution. 

  • Enterprise engagement – Portt seamlessly aligns and integrates with your council’s other key corporate systems. You’ll be able to easily capture and analyse actual spend data through an intelligent integration with your council’s finance system. 
  • Experience the benefits from day one – Portt for councils comes pre-configured with council Best Practice Frameworks, and is aligned to commonly adopted council taxonomies. All you need to do is load your contract templates to start immediately realising the value Portt provides!
  • A turnkey solution – Your Portt SaaS delivery includes a rapid implementation process that will have you up and running within weeks (or even days), ensuring your council suffers minimal system implementation impact.
  • Supplier engagement – Portt empowers you to collaborate and drive value with your council supplier’s using our portal. You can get a complete picture on all your supplier interactions, certifications and pre-qualifications, as well as easily performing assessments, issue management and reporting. 
  • Secure corporate knowledge – You’ll be able to nurture organisation knowledge and grow your procurement maturity by supporting council employee development with eLearning, training and change assets.
  • Rich council performance insights – Portt gives you the ability to capture and report against your council’s key metrics, spend data and performance indicators using our assessments framework. You can pave the way for continual improvement, driving value for ratepayers within your electorate. 
  • Everything in one place – Portt enables you to centralise your procurement, contract and supplier management for complete organisational transparency within your local council. Improve your auditability, quality and surety through tracked approvals, variations and versions.

Streamline your council procurement activities with Portt

To make better procurement decisions within your organisation that directly and positively impact the community you service, explore the Portt procurement management system. 

Your end-to-end procurement solution, Portt is a highly intelligent and intuitive sourcing, contract and supplier management platform. 

Unlock the strategic potential of your procurement team, streamline the unnecessary and realise the outcomes with Portt.