Smarter Buying Schools
Government Procurement hosted representatives from over 70 WA state schools to a Smarter Buying Schools event at Glouscter Park on Thursday May 19.
Supported by the Department of Education (DoE), the event invited principles, registrars and business managers to participate in a mini-expo and buying seminar featuring information on the newly release Purchasing Card Common Use Arrangement (CUA).
Twelve of the most relevant CUAs were showcased in a mini expo introducing contract managers to the buying community.
“We wanted to give schools access to the CUAs they use regularly,” said Assistant Director Kate Ingham.
“It’s a good opportunity to put names to voices or emails,” she said.
Having contract managers available to answer questions and queries on their CUAs was a big hit with participants.
“It was great that the gurus were on hand to answer our questions,” said one participant.
“And they certainly knew what they were talking about,” they said.
Another feature of the event was the distribution of the Education Edition of the Mini Guide to Procurement. Designed specifically to accommodate the needs of schools and Department of Education staff the procurement tool is proving to be a very useful tool.
“The mini guide is a handy go to guide for anyone in a school wanting to make a purchase,” said Assistant Director Kate Ingham.
“We’ve tried to make it as user friendly and practical as possible,” she said.
The Mini Guide to Procurement was distributed to all school staff in attendance, and will be sent out to the wider school community in the coming weeks.
It is hoped that the success of the Smarter Buying Schools function will pave the way for future events of this kind.