Procurement Australia is one of Australia’s most innovative and successful procurement organisations and is regarded as a leader in negotiating and facilitating contracts for members and clients across the private and public sectors.

We began as MAPS Group in 1985, when the City of Melbourne established a buying group for 14 Melbourne municipal councils. MAPS Group Limited started trading as Procurement Australia in the mid-2000s.

Since 1985, we have successfully expanded our markets to include other government authorities, not-for-profit entities and the private sector. Our growth and market coverage was helped in 2015 when the Victorian Government accepted a change to our Articles of Association, opening the door for our network to work with the private sector.

In March 2018 the group’s name changed to Procurement Australia Limited, to reflect the fact that it now encompasses three brands operating under one-banner Australia-wide, these brands being:

    • The original ‘Procurement Australia’ established by government for government in Victoria more than 30 years ago.
    • Space Station, a business established in 2018 to offer large and small organisations, co-working opportunities through an ‘up-to-the-minute’ flexible office-space model in both Melbourne and Sydney.

Today, Procurement Australia Limited is one of Australia’s most innovative and successful procurement organisations. Working in partnership with buyers and suppliers to seek innovative, sustainable solutions, attain the best value and create collaborative purchasing arrangements. Procurement Australia’s full range of services includes publicly tendered standing offer contracts, bespoke client contracts, consulting, benchmarking, spend analysis, clustering and collaboration events, technical category expertise and online shopping facilities.

Procurement Australia Limited is a public company limited by shares, having 84 shareholders who are mostly local government, water authorities and cemetery trusts. Audited by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office, Procurement Australia also has a quality management system that meets ISO 9001 standards.


Our Accreditations

As a leading procurement organisation, accreditations are essential in aligning our service-delivery to best-practise standards. This improves the group’s overall performance and provides products and services that adhere to statutory requirements and meet our customers governance requirements.

Meet Our Board Members

Ken McNamara

Chair of the Board, Chair of Finance Risk & Governance Committee.

A founding Director of Procurement Australasia, Ken is a civil engineer, town planner and company director. With extensive experience as a Chief Executive, City Engineer and Consultant in Local Government, Ken is a sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Stephen J Griffin

Member of the Finance Risk & Governance Committee.

Stephen brings to the Board extensive experience in local government management, as well as broad management expertise developed over several years.

Vijaya Vaidyanath

Chief Executive Officer, Yarra City
Council

Vijaya Vaidyanath is the CEO of the City of Yarra in Melbourne. Prior to this role, Vijaya spent close to a decade as CEO at Waitakere City Council, a very large metro City in New Zealand and as the CEO of Rodney District Council in New Zealand. She also worked for 15 years as a senior Executive in the Reserve Bank in India with brief stints in the USA before migrating to New Zealand.

Tricia Klinger

Director, B Ec. M Comm. GAIDC

Tricia Klinger joined the Procurement Australasia Ltd Board in 2019. She brings to the board over 20 years’ leadership experience in corporate governance, marketing strategy, reputation management and customer cantered product innovation with leading brands in both Australia and Asia, most recently as General Manager Communications and Stakeholders at the NRMA.

Brendan McGrath

Chief Executive Officer, Rural City
of Wangaratta

Brendan McGrath brings the Procurement Australia Board 20 years’ Victorian local government and private sector management experience. With post graduate Business Management qualifications and in CEO roles.

Glenn Patterson

Chief Executive Officer, City of Casey

With 31 years’ senior leadership experience, Glenn has been the City of Casey CEO since September 2018 having previously been CEO of Yarra Ranges Council for 10 years and CEO of Baw Baw and Colac Otway Councils. Glenn is a member of the Resilient Melbourne Strategy Steering Group and a Director of the Casey Cardinia Foundation. 

Susan Riley

Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Susan has extensive experience in local government having served three terms as Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne. In 2001 Susan was the first female Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and was elected as a Councillor in 2017.

 

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Meet Our Executive Team

Joe Arena

Chief Executive Officer 

A qualified and highly experienced leader, Joe has an accounting background with vast financial operations experience in the areas of procurement, taxation, banking, investments, management and financial accounting, and fleet management. Prior to joining Procurement Australia, Joe was Director, Financial Operations with La Trobe University.

Brendan Hoare

Director, Strategic Sourcing

With a procurement career spanning more than 20 years, Brendan came to Procurement Australia in 2011 having held previous positions of Director, Strategic Procurement with University of Melbourne and prior to that, Procurement Director at Victoria’s largest public health service, Monash Health (previously Southern Health).

Jason Mackenzie

Director, Sales

Joining Procurement Australasia at the beginning of 2019 as Sales Director, Jason Mackenzie has more than 25 years’ sales and general management experience spanning a range of industries including security, B2B consumables, warehousing and logistics. Prior to this, Jason was Head of Sales with Office Max, a company with whom he held a number of sales and managerial roles over a 20+ year career including as State, Regional and General Manager. 

Georgia Argyropoulos

Director, Strategy & Major Projects

Georgia Argyropoulos is a skilled executive with extensive experience in the banking and logistics industries. Georgia began her career with the Commonwealth Bank where she spent more than 14 years working first in retail banking and communications before moving into project management in a variety of fields including performance monitoring and reporting, and business process analysis and re-engineering, before joining Procurement Australia in 2014.

Devraj Kanakappan

Director of Finance BAcc, CA, CPA

Devraj is a professionally qualified and experienced finance executive with extensive senior level commercial, financial and accounting experience gained from working in the manufacturing, import, wholesale, retail, and construction industries in Australia, and overseas in Oman and India. Prior to joining Procurement Australasia in 2016, he was the Financial Controller with Australia’s national furniture and particle
board manufacturer and importer, the DIM Group based in Melbourne, 

Mark Hopcroft

Director, Marketing & Commercial Services

Mark joined Church Resources in 2011, and became part of the Procurement Australasia executive team after divestment by the Church to Procurement Australasia in 2017. Mark has extensive experience in Marketing, Property and Business Management from a background in Senior Management in Banking & Finance, Sourcing, Manufacturing and Distribution (FMCG) sector business. 

 

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