Joint procurement facilitation service

Find out how councils can access the best expertise, information and guidance to jointly plan, negotiate and contract for waste services.

Backed by an investment of $16 million over 5 years, the joint procurement facilitation service will support councils to jointly procure waste services that deliver good value for ratepayers and circular economy outcomes.

This voluntary service delivers on a NSW Government commitment under the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy Stage 1 Plan: 2021-27.

From 30 January 2023, local councils will be able to access a comprehensive suite of services including

  • a funding pool to provide tailored support to councils exploring and undertaking joint procurement of waste services that contribute to circular economy outcomes. We will provide up to $500,000 per joint procurement project to help councils access the best advice and be confident in their procurement decisions.
  • an information service to equip councils with high-quality and timely market data and analysis to make informed and robust procurement decisions, starting with the release of regular market bulletins
  • a panel of qualified experts to advise councils on waste procurement
  • an online library of training and guidance materials, accessible on demand, to equip council and regional organisation staff with the skills they need to navigate complex procurement challenges as they arise
  • ongoing work with local councils to develop and share case studies, so that councils can learn from and leverage the wealth of experience within local government.

A one-stop-shop concierge with a dedicated EPA team will coordinate the delivery of these services. The concierge will work with local councils and regional waste coordination groups to provide tailored assistance, and to support beneficial opportunities for councils to collaborate.

You can contact the concierge by emailing Sarah Larkin, Manager Concierge Services sarahlarkin.jointprocurement@epa.nsw.gov.au.

Further details, including criteria to access the funding pool, will be available ahead of the service start date. 

Working together

We have worked closely with local councils, regional waste coordination groups, and other local government stakeholders to co-design this service to ensure it can meet the needs of local councils and deliver the best value it can.

We look forward to ongoing engagement with the local government sector to ensure the service is flexible and adaptive to councils’ needs and circular economy priorities.