Australia to launch HE purchasing consortium in 2016

Jun 17, 2015

Universities in Australia are launching a purchasing consortium in early 2016, LUPC has learned.

In a project led by the Australian University Senior Finance Officers Group (AUSFOG), 28 of Australia’s 40 universities are co-funding the design and procurement process.  The consortium will be established with a technology partner, which will be selected following an intensive, competitive tender exercise, now in its due diligence stage.  In all, 13 tenders were received, with roughly half coming from overseas bidders.

AUSFOG engaged consultants Ernst & Young to develop an outline solution and invite tender proposals through an open tender process.  The model involves strategic sourcing, catalogue management and additional services for participating universities including a P2P solution.  The group is currently finalising the governance structure and commercial design for the new consortium.

“This will be a major step-change in procurement capability for the higher education sector in Australia,” said Peter Prest, Chief Financial Officer at the University of South Australia, based in Adelaide.  AUSFOG will select its partner in October this year.


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