Contract Management Fundamentals for Government

This course maps to capability:


Contracting is a growth area as all levels of government seek to conserve capital, deliver best practices and focus on their core capabilities. Managing these contracts effectively and efficiently requires stakeholders to have a sound understanding of the two key elements of any successful contract: - the processes and the people.

During this program you will improve your understanding of the key principles of sound contract management. You will also explore and practise tools and techniques for achieving your contract outcomes at each stage of the process: - planning, procuring, preparing and performing.

Course Content

  • Legal considerations in contracts
  • Policies, procedures and guidelines in the public sector
  • Best practices in scoping contracts
  • Roles and responsibilities for contract management
  • The importance of governance and probity
  • Contract and procurement management planning
  • Contract pricing options
  • Risk management
  • The supplier selection process
  • Contract administration and performance management
  • Relationship management wit stakeholders
  • Contract variation and valuation
  • Resolving contract disputes
  • Closing out the contract.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental elements of a contract including basic terms and conditions
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of contract management
  • Analyse the importance of planning, measurement and control and their implications for contract performance management
  • Describe the process for managing contract variations
  • Identify and manage contract risk
  • Have an awareness of the key legal considerations in forming and managing contracts
  • Describe the key policies and guidelines set by the State Supply Commission and the WA Department of Finance.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Provide a context for those involved in contract management to apply their organisation's processes and procedures diligently
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of delivering contract outcomes
  • Minimize the risks involved in contracts

Benefits to you

  • Encourage a common language and understanding amongst those involved in contracts.
  • Improve clarity of who does what when managing contracts