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Public Sector Contract Management

This short course is aimed at providing an understanding of the key principles of contracting in the contemporary public sector. This course will improve your skills and confidence in managing contracts, leading to improved contractual outcomes for the organisation, reduced costs and increased public confidence.

About this course

The public sector involves the establishment and management of more contracts by number and value than any other sector. There is enormous variety in the type and range of contracts managed for the benefit of the community. Some contracts are relatively standard and low risk, others are high risk and high value. The public’s interest in how contracts are awarded and managed stems from the important role they play in underpinning service delivery.

Focusing on the key skills necessary throughout the contract management lifecycle to ensure that contracts achieve successful outcomes, this practical course will teach you how to develop a contract management plan, address key issues including managing variations and disputes and related legal risks. Using case studies and recent ICAC investigations, the course addresses managing probity and integrity issues which can arise when managing contracts in the public sector context.

Course structure

This course provides essential information on the contract management life-cycle including:

  • The role of contract management
  • Contract management principles
  • The role of contract management frameworks
  • Establishing clear contract management roles and responsibilities
  • Designing, developing and implementing contracts
  • Importance of effective contract handover and transitioning between contractors
  • Classifying contracts using value/risk assessment
  • Finalising the contract management plan
  • Managing contract performance
  • Negotiating through contractual disputes
  • Risk identification and management
  • Finalising the contract, closing loose ends and conducting post contract reviews
  • Managing contract extension, renewal or variation
  • Probity and ethics in developing and managing contracts within the public sector.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course you will:

  • Understand the increasing role of contracting in the public sector.
  • Recognise the nuances of managing human services contracts.
  • Have comprehensive knowledge of the principles of contract management.
  • Understand the legal fundamentals in contracting.
  • Be able to manage performance disputes and conflicts.
  • Be able to develop and implement an effective contract management plan.
  • Identify and manage probity and other risks to contract performance.
  • Better understand the supplier’s perspective in public sector contracting.
  • Be able to evaluate, negotiate and administer contract variations.
  • Understand how to agree, build and monitor KPIs to manage contractor performance.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for participants seeking an understanding of the key principles to be considered when managing contracts in the public sector. It  provides essential information on the contract management lifecycle, including consideration of procurement principles. The course would particularly suit participants in these roles: contract managers, procurement specialists, supply chain managers, legal counsels, project managers and executives as contract owners.







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UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.