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General Goods and Services (GGS) Category Council

The General Goods and Services (GGS) Category Council oversees, leverages and directs strategic procurement activities for general goods and services spend across government. The category council (CC) agrees and governs the category strategy for the general goods and services spend profile and approve related category plans.

Lead agency: Department of Housing and Public Works

1. Category council member agencies

  • Department of Housing and Public Works
  • Queensland Health
  • Public Safety Business Agency
  • Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Department of Environment and Science

Category Council Chair: Kimberley Swords, Deputy Director-General and Chief Advisor Procurement, Queensland Government Procurement, Portfolio Strategy Division, Department of Housing and Public Works

2. Meeting dates

The inaugural meeting was held on 13 December 2016.

 Meeting dates for 2019:

  • 30 January
  • 25 March
  • 8 May
  • 12 August
  • 20 November

3. Decision making authority

The GGS category council will make decisions in relation to category planning and procurement-related activities undertaken within the Category Group. Decision-making by the Category Council shall be on a majority basis for those in attendance at the meeting.

Agencies may choose not to act in accordance with GGS CC decisions where a specific agency requirement dictates that this is appropriate. 

The GGS category council relies on the cooperation and agreement of members, and does not override legislative authority of individual accountable officers.

4. Request a presentation to the category council

Presentations to the Council may be made following approval from the Chair or Deputy Chair.  Requests for presentations should be made to the secretariat.

Email qgp-ggscc@hpw.qld.gov.au to request a presentation.

Presentations should not be longer than 20 minutes, including question time.

5. Industry reference group/approach

Due to the diversity of industries and areas covered by the General Goods and Services Category Group there is an ongoing need for sub-categories to engage directly with industry and unions at key points throughout the procurement process in line with the General Goods and Services Industry Engagement Framework.

This includes category planning, pre-tendering and contract management phases. Dates of these types of engagement are determined based on review cycles and tendering activity at the sub-category level.

The GGS Industry Reference Group has been established, with the first meeting held on 9 September 2018.

Representatives on the GGS IRG are:

  • Queensland Small Business Champion
  • Queensland Disability Advisory Council
  • Consult Australia
  • The Australian Industry Group
  • Association of Professional Staffing Companies
  • Institute of Management Consultants
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Queensland Council of Unions
  • Australian Workers Union
  • Together Queensland Union
  • United Voice
  • Queensland Teachers’ Union
  • Professionals Australia
  • Transport Workers Union

Additional industry associations and trade unions are consulted with at the sub-category level as required.

Meeting dates

Meeting dates for 2019:

  • 20 March
  • 11 September

6. More information

Contact: General Goods and Services Category Council
Email: qgp-ggscc@hpw.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 3215 3605