About Procurement Australia

For over 30 years, Procurement Australia has been one of Australia’s leading procurement services companies. We are regarded as a leader in negotiating and facilitating contracts for members and clients with decades of experience across both the private and public sectors. We always work in partnership with our buyers and suppliers to find innovative and sustainable solutions to procurement challenges.

At Procurement Australia, we are proudly member-led. We always strive to get our members what they want – no matter their industry, or how big or small. At Procurement Australia, we get it.

Our Proud History

Procurement Australia has a proud history in the procurement space. We work in close partnership with long-standing and emerging suppliers and members to find and deliver the most innovative and sustainable supply chain solutions. Throughout our long history, we’ve continued to evolve and grow as a business in order to best support our members’ procurement goals, no matter their size or industry.

We began our journey as MAPS Group in 1985 on the back of the City of Melbourne’s establishment of a buying group for 14 Melbourne municipal councils. Since then, we have lent  our procurement expertise throughout the local government sector around the country. We’ve also expanded our work into other areas including government authorities, not-for-profits and the private sector. In the mid-2000s we began trading as Procurement Australia.

On the back of this change, in 2017 we acquired Church Resources’ from the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission (ACBC) when it was one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit aggregated buying groups. In 2018, we added another pivotal offering to our business suite , Space Station – a modern co-working space featuring the comforts of a modern office with flexibility to suit a range of different needs.

Today, we are proud to be one of the leading procurement services companies in Australia. By integrating the strengths of our once separate public and not-for-profit approaches to procurement, we are able to move forward confidently as one organisation. In doing so, we remain deeply committed to supporting all our members to reach their procurement goals, no matter their size, sector or required solution.

Our Approach

At Procurement Australia, we do procuring differently. This difference is apparent in how we approach every single contract, member interaction and procurement opportunity in the market.

Our Services

We’re proud to set the benchmark for outstanding procurement for all Australian organisations to aspire to in terms of standard of accountability, transparency, social responsibility and compliance. We are determined to continue to build upon our reputation as a leader in the procurement space – we want to be a driving force behind the next era of holistic and ethical procurement around Australia.

As one of Australia’s largest procurement services companies, we understand how to get the best possible outcomes for our members. With portfolios exceeding hundreds of millions and millions more products aggregated for our members every day, we understand what good procurement looks like. We get what our members need, both now and for the future.

Our focus is to always deliver a 10/10 level of customer service for all our members. The Procurement Australia team has decades of experience across all of our business areas, making us one of the most skilled procurement teams in Australia. Whether you’ve worked with us for years or you are a new member, we are here to ensure every member gets what they need the first time around.

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.

Procurement Australia is proud to be accredited according to the standards and guidelines of the following groups:

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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