ACIF Policy Priorities 201629 June 2016
The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has released its 2016 Policy Priorities, calling for the establishment of an Australian Centre for Procurement Excellence, with the primary objective of building stronger relationships between government and business.
With large amounts of public funds being spent on infrastructure, it's incumbent on governments to ensure they get maximum value for money through the procurement process. To buy wisely you need wise buyers: there are substantial opportunities for governments and business to share expertise, and identify and deliver solutions that improve productivity and value for money across the procurement process.
To overcome persistent deficiencies in procurement skills and practices, ACIF recommends a whole of government approach supporting the establishment of an Australian Centre for Procurement Excellence, building on the work of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC). The Board should include equal levels of representation from industry and government.
The Procurement Centre of Excellence would expand the APCC’s role and remit, broadening government engagement and building on work across jurisdictions considering efficiencies in procurement. The Centre would be tasked with building a stronger relationship between government and business and supporting best practice procurement in Australia at all levels of government. The Centre should:
- Be established as independent of government;
- Build stronger linkages between government and with industry sectors;
- Provide transparent expert advice to all levels of government;
- Develop guidelines, build capability and improve standards; and
- Work with Infrastructure Australia and other government agencies to develop long-term visionary thinking and planning for investment in economic and social infrastructure.
The other three key policy priorities identified by ACIF are: the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) with its former powers; the implementation of an effective regime to minimise the use of non-conforming building products; and re-starting the process for the national harmonisation of licensing and registration of all trades and professions in the construction industry.
The building and construction industry has released this shortlist of priorities to focus the next government on the main issues in this crucial sector.
“While ACIF has many policies, these four have been chosen by our members as the most important ones that need addressing in 2016,” stated James Cameron, ACIF’s Executive Director.
“We look forward to hearing from all parties on these issues, and discussing these issues further with them over coming weeks and months.”