CIPS Victoria Breakfast

14 November 2017, Melbourne, Australia

What do you think works best: the carrot or the stick?

Over the past two years Grosvenor has researched 252 Australian organisations (with combined expenditure of almost $6Bn) to understand what drives supplier performance.

Join us during the launch event for our 2017 Procurement Study where we will exclusively share and discuss our results before releasing it to the public later in November.

Find out:

  • what performance buyers typically get from their suppliers
  • what suppliers recommend buyers should do to improve the suppliers’ performance
  • what interventions actually work to lead suppliers to better performance
  • differences between managing contracts in the public and the private sector
  • three things you can do today to improve supplier performance.

For more information and to book, visit the event website.

PASAcapability Panel Discussion

22-23 November 2017, Sydney, Australia

For more information, visit the event website.



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AES International Evaluation Conference

4 - 7 September 2017, Canberra, Australia

Grosvenor is proud to support this year's AES International Evaluation Conference.

The conference theme, Evaluation Capital, captures two important but often neglected ideas in evaluation. Firstly, evaluation is a durable asset for sound governance. That is, longevity and permanence should be built into our evaluation systems because societies with more evaluation capital are better off than those with less. The second idea concerns the inherently political nature of evaluation, and that evaluation commissioners and practitioners must be sensitive to the effect of politics when making their evaluative choices.

Come and join us for the Australian Evaluation Society's annual event to improve the theory, practice and use of evaluation in Australasia. 

For more information and to book, visit the Evaluation Capital event website.

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PASA's Procurement and Contracting for ICT

6 &  7 September 2017, The Sydney Boulevard Hotel, Sydney

The Procurement & Contracting for ICT Conference will bring together leading procurement experts, senior ICT decision makers such as CPOs and CTOs and their procurement, contracting, finance and IT teams under the one roof to hear from a range of expert speakers and to participate in interactive round-table discussions, to analyse latest trends and learn about best practice strategies and tactics for managing this strategically important category.

Commonwealth Government procurement system (P2P) transformation

Don't miss Peter Macfarlane's session on Day 1 as he shares insights gleaned from a project that identified a significant opportunity to streamline and enable procurement through implementation of a modern, end to end procurement IT system. It will also address the learnings from investigating and selecting a system. 

For more information,visit the event website.


PASA'S 5TH Annual Premier Confex

11 & 12 October 2017, Crown Promenade, Melbourne, Australia

The theme for the 5th Annual PASA Premier Confex is “Unlocking Value through Collaboration”, with all sessions directly addressing (or at least tipping a hat to) how we must learn to work together to deliver greater value, both now and in the future.

As the world of business becomes more complex and with traditional ways of doing business rapidly evolving, having the ability to collaborate with all of our stakeholders, customers, suppliers and colleagues is essential.

Grosvenor is proud to be a part of this annual procurement event. 

Dr Stefan Gassner will present findings from his latest study: What suppliers think about you and how that impacts their performance.

Come and join us for the event on every procurement professional's  calendar. To book, visit the event website.

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IPAA Victoria Public Sector Week 2017 is the only event that brings together the entire Victorian public sector, for one week in one location, to drive fresh thinking and create a better future for all Victorians. 

Grosvenor partnered with IPAA Victoria for a week of professional development, thought leadership and new connections.

It was a great week!

In case you missed it, check out our infographic wrap up.


IPAA Victoria: Protect yourself from Cybersecurity Risk

20 July 2017, VMIA, Melbourne

IPAA Victoria and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)introduced their new risk community of practice to risk professionals across the public sector. The aim was to further enhance the capability of the Victorian public sector with regard to risk management, and develop the sector’s capability regarding Cybersecurity.

Attendees benefited from the session by:

  • coming away with a practical understanding of cybersecurity risks and how to better manage those risks
  • having access to cybersecurity experts
  • meeting and getting to know their risk professional peers within the public sector.

For more information about future IPAA Victoria events, please visit their website.

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CIPS Australasia Conference & Supply Management Awards  2017

18 & 19 July 2017 - Park Hyatt Melbourne, Australia

We were delighted to support this year's 2017 CIPS Australasia Conference and Awards Night.

Our own  Dr Stefan Gassner conducted an interactive session on how to develop a performance management framework that will help you get better results from your suppliers.  Using a real example from the audience, Stefan explored the Business Objective, defined the Critical Success Factors and discussed how to develop meaningful KPIs in one meaningful framework.

Congratulations to all the winners at this year's awards. 


TEFMA Director's Forum

17 July 2017 - University of South Australia, Adelaide

The members of the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association Inc (TEFMA) provide vital strategic and operational infrastructure and services in support of tertiary education in the Australasian region.

Kent Stuart facilitated the TEFMA Facilities Management Director's Forum 2017 where members explored the key issues facing their institutions. 

For more information  about TEFMA, vist their website.

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The 4th Annual PASA Premier Confex - 11-12 October 2016, Crown Melbourne

PASA‘s annual confex is Australasia’s premier event for procurement and supply professionals, providing unique content and exceptional networking opportunities. This year’s theme, ‘Entrepreneurial Procurement’, saw delegates exploring innovative ideas and case studies on how individuals and organisations can thrive as ‘entrepreneurs’ or ‘intraprenuers’.

Our own Stefan Gassner delivered a seminar on the topic: How SRM drives engineers to innovate in the construction industry.

Here's some highlights and a twitter recap of the day, courtesy of Jennie Vickers.


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Primary Health Care Research Conference

Reform and innovation in primary health care policy and practice

8 – 9 June 2016, National Convention Centre, Canberra

Each year the Primary Health Care Research Conference provides the opportunity to engage with members of the PHC research community and hear about the latest innovations and developments in PHC. This year is no exception with an exciting programme of plenary sessions, workshops, symposia, 15 minute oral presentations, poster sessions and networking events.

Our own Dana Cross will be conducting a morning workshop on Day 1, titled Program Evaluation: The jargon explained. Beginners through to those with intermediate experience in commissioning or conducting evaluations. Dana’s session provides an overview of best practice approaches to delivering key components of program evaluation, in a way that is easy for participants to both understand and apply, regardless of their level of prior experience.

Visit the PHC Conference website for more info and how to register.


ACTE/CAPA Melbourne Corporate Travel Day Summit

The future of corporate travel: Beyond policy, process and payment

Wednesday 27 April 2016, Melbourne

Negotiating in a preferred market – Getting the fundamentals right, ie maximising the value and minimising the cost of a travel program, is vital, but never easy in a world of preferred agreements.

The World has gone Mobile – where is the corporate travel industry?: Taking mobile strategy beyond itineraries and alert management into E2E travel. Is there real demand or are just TMCs telling buyers that they need it?

Payments have gone virtual – has corporate travel caught on?: Virtual cards are becoming ubiquitous, but what are the integration challenges?

Our own Peter Macfarlane will be part of a panel discussion on how to negotiate in a tough economy.

Visit the CAPA Events website for more info and how to register.


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ACT Regional Committee: Best in Procurement event

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Procurement excellence was on display in Canberra as CIPS ACT Regional Committee held its first event of 2016.

Our own Peter Macfarlane expanded on findings from our last two Australasian CPO studies, including the procurement efficiency and effectiveness benchmarks observed by Australasian leaders in procurement.

Teresa Scott also spoke about projects undertaken by the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council that lead to the 2015 CIPS Australasia Supply Management Award for the Best Contribution to the Reputation of Procurement.

To learn more about CIPS events in the ACT or your region, visit their website.


Webinar: Stop paying too much!

8 December 2015, 11:00am-11:45am AEDT

How the top Australasian organisations realise the next wave of procurement savings

Grosvenor’s procurement expert, Dr Stefan Gassner, outlines his findings from his latest procurement research project, 2015 CPO Study,

Participate in the webinar to learn how you too can gain huge savings for your organisation.

Watch this short video to learn more and register!




Advanced Category Management 2015

Procurement and Supply Training: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland

Refocus your organisation. Rethink your approach to category management.

For most organisations Category Management has promised a lot and delivered very little. Many find they have rebadged procurement and purchasing managers as “Category Managers” but haven’t seen advantages flow through to the business.

Some organisations are only focussing on aggregating spend and market testing to achieve lower prices and as a result are missing out on other opportunities to drive down spend. For others, Category Management is still an unknown or untested approach.

Learn how to apply Grosvenor’s Category Management principles to redefine your category management strategies and deliver significant bottom line improvements. Grosvenor will demonstrate how supply and value chain analysis and risk assessment will help you reduce or better control spend, decrease risk and improve efficiencies. Learn how Grosvenor’s category management tools help put your plans into practice.

Build up the contents of an effective category management plan across the two days.

Visit the PASA website to see the full schedule including early bird cut off dates.



The 3rd PASA Premier Confex

14 & 15 October, Crown Melbourne Promenade

Designed for all procurement professionals, this annual event unites and engages the professional procurement community in one place at one time.

This year’s theme, creating procurement value through alignment, was addressed by six keynote speakers each examining how procurement must strive for alignment to not only deliver value, but also to be seen to do so.

There were 28 seminar sessions to choose from enabling attendees to take away real practical ideas to implement immediately and make a difference to their organisation and career.

Grosvenor’s Stefan Gassner  and Peter Macfarlane presented deeper findings from the 2015 CPO StudyHow the top Australasian organisations realise the next wave of procurement savings. 

Missed the event? No matter. Get your copy of the 2015 CPO Study here!




Contracting for services in the public sector

PASA Event: 11-12 August 2015, Canberra

Australia is increasingly a service based economy, with over 70% GNP accounted for by the services sector. Governments have effectively been outsourcing much of their service provision for the last two decades or so. Additionally, they contract in huge amounts of support services, such as ICT, professional services, contingent labour and recruitment, and facilities management. Yet contracting for services does not seem to have become any easier.

This two-day event for senior public procurement and contracting officers addressed these and many other challenges, providing case study examples and expert advice, to equip attendees to deliver better outcomes for all of their stakeholders.

Grosvenor’s Peter Macfarlane explained how to build flexibility into your contracts to maximise opportunities in a rapidly changing market.


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Government Property

CoreNet Global Canberra Event: 18 August 2015

CoreNet is the world’s largest industry group for corporate real estate professionals. This ½ day conference is dedicated to government property management issues in recognition of the important role that property plays in government service delivery and the amount of commercial property that government occupies.

Sessions included:

  • Indigenous outcome targets for government
  • Indigenous involvement
  • Implementing change in the government workplace
  • Optimising workplace density: What governments can learn from the private sector.

Grosvenor co-sponsored the event.


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Service Delivery and Outsourcing

CoreNet Global Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) Seminar: Singapore 26 & 27 August 2015

A roadmap for creating successful partnerships.

In this two-day seminar, Kent Stuart discusses leading practices for designing a real estate and facilities service delivery model, selecting partners, enabling transition and organizational change and, finally, managing & continuously improving the ongoing relationship.

The course addresses numerous issues, including what should be handled in-house vs. delivered through outsourcing. The challenges and risks inherent in any service delivery partnership will also be explored. Different service delivery models, relationship management approaches, technology enablement strategies, compensation structures, and performance measurement models will be discussed and debated through lecture and in-class team work.

The intent is to provide MCR seminar participants with a roadmap for creating successful partnerships from both the end user and service provider perspective.


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2015 AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation

Be awarded for evaluation excellence. Share your learning with the evaluation community.

The AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation recognise and promote exemplars of evaluation practice with an emphasis on work that has made a significant contribution to learning and practice improvement. Sharing experiences and recognising exemplary work is central to building a rigorous and respected community of practice and evaluation sector.

Dana Cross is a member of the AES Awards and Recognition Working Group and is looking forward to reviewing this year’s evaluation talent.

Dana has previously discussed the value of sharing results in a recent article.

Dana believes the AES Awards  “is a great opportunity for evaluation practitioners, managers, teachers and students to share their results and learnings, contributing to the knowledge of the evaluation community.”

Awards announced at AES International Evaluation Conference

This year’s Awards recipients will be announced at the annual Awards Dinner to be held as part of the Melbourne AES International Evaluation Conference on the evening of Tuesday 8 September at the National Gallery of Victoria.

For further information on the 2015 Melbourne AES International Evaluation Conference, visit events page