Next Meetings

Monday 2 September 2019 between 12.30pm and 2.00pm AEST

Tuesday 15 October 2019 between 9.30am and 4.00pm
(Face to Face Meeting in Melbourne)

The Australian Universities Procurement Network (AUPN) currently has 33-member institutions working together to improve excellence in procurement practice and in the skills of procurement professionals in the higher education sector.


To significantly improve strategic procurement practices in Australian universities through a collaborative approach, focusing on sharing expertise and business intelligence, promoting the benefits of aggregated purchasing, greater efficiency in process, professional procurement education opportunities and encouraging the development of regional and national aggregated procurement contracts.


To transform the universities’ capability into a world class standard of professional procurement.


·       Customers – we share a passion for providing good customer service.

·       Partnership – we work together, with initiative and enthusiasm.

·       Openness and Honesty - we treat everybody with fairness, integrity and respect.

·       Excellence – we focus on continuous improvement and excellence in collaboration with our members.

Strategic Objectives of the AUPN

·       To provide opportunities for capability enhancement across the sector

·       To foster open and professional relationships across the sector

·       To share knowledge, expertise and experience

·       To promote the added value that Procurement functions bring to universities

·       To support and promote thought leadership and best practice in procurement related matters.


The benefits of AUPN membership include:

·       Participation in the AUPN Excellence Program

·       Global benchmarking (approx. 20,000 participants) however also benchmarked specifically across the AUPN sector participating members.

·       Reduced CIPS membership fees

·       Supporting the AUPN to negotiate the sector Airline deals (NUA) with both Qantas and Virgin.

·       Networking with the membership (33 sector members)

·       Access to targeted sub committees focussed on areas of identified interest.

·       No charge attendance to procurement focused members forums (2 per annum)

·       Informal members chat forums such as sharing economies, digital print, legal services, procurement consulting and expenses management systems.

·       Reduced Tender link cost available to AUPN members

AUPN Excellence Program

The AUPN Excellence program provides a baseline and a roadmap for development across 8 core procurement dimensions.

Participating Universities receive consulting services to provide a maturity analysis, interpret the data, present individual and sector findings and identify opportunities to develop proficiency of procurement functions and individual team members. The exercise has proved useful in forming a case for change for a number of participating Universities this service is offered to all participating members.
The Excellence Program created by the AUPN is in the process of being rolled out to 40 Universities in the US and is being actively progressed in the UK.”

For more information about the function of the AUPN and opportunities for participating universities, please contact Mike Tylor, Chair of the AUPN Executive Committee

AUPN Chair
Mike Tylor
Associate Director Procurement Services
Finance & Procurement Services
The University of Adelaide

Phone: +61 (08) 8313 4393


HES Key Contact
Scott Boulton
Higher Ed Services
Phone: 0448 458 329

Participating members of the AUPN are: