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‘Smart Buyer’/’Smart Seller’ Contract Governance - Canberra
Date: November 2018 - Tuesday 27 November 2018
Location: Crowne Plaza, Canberra ,

Today, much public sector performance is achieved with programs delivered through commercial contract relationships with private sector organisations.

The Defence First Principles Review (2015) strongly recommended that Defence should implement a “Smart Buyer” function, a concept introduced by Professor Donald Kettl in his book “Sharing Power” (1993). However, FPR offered no contract governance model to guide Defence on how to implement “Smart Buyer’. Still, both public and private sector organisations are leaking value and have higher than necessary transaction costs in these contracts.

Globally, leading academics (Kettl, Kelman, Greve, Sturgess etc ) and expert practitioners have identified a glaring weakness in contract governance/management after the contract is signed. Both parties in the exchange need to become “Smarter” through a clearly understood and shared contract governance model.

CGIG is offering a one day program to address these critical gaps.

The program is designed for all those, (including senior executives), involved in public sector contracts from the public and private sectors.

Date: Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 June 2019
Location: QT Hotel Canberra
Join distinguished international and Australian speakers for two days of debate on the future of warfare. ASPI’s War in 2025 conference will consider the key drivers that could lead to conflict in the next decade, how the relative power dynamics between the great powers are changing, multidomain warfare now and in 2025, what technologies will shape future warfare, information operations, and the next Defence White Paper.
Date: Wednesday 17 - Wednesday 17 April 2019
Location: Engineering Australia, Victoria
The ASPI China masterclass is a one-day intensive event that will give participants a strategic understanding of how China is seeking to shape the world around it. Participants will learn and debate with specialists on China with deep knowledge of the current security, political and thematic landscapes. The Masterclass will track China’s global and regional ambitions, and review the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP)  investments in cyber, intelligence, defence, space & social credit. This event will offer a deeper understanding of China, the CCP and its rapidly evolving place in the world and explore the policy implications for Australia and the Indo-Pacific region more broadly.
Date: Monday 15 - Monday 15 April 2019
Location: Canberra, Australia
The ASPI China masterclass is a one-day intensive event that will give participants a strategic understanding of how China is seeking to shape the world around it. Participants will learn and debate with specialists on China with deep knowledge of the current security, political and thematic landscapes. The Masterclass will track China’s global and regional ambitions, and review the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP)  investments in cyber, intelligence, defence, space & social credit. This event will offer a deeper understanding of China, the CCP and its rapidly evolving place in the world and explore the policy implications for Australia and the Indo-Pacific region more broadly.
Date: Friday 5 - Sunday 7 April 2019
Location: Darwin, NT
The International Military Writers’ Festival is a three-day festival running from 5-7 April 2019. The Festival will feature author talks, panel discussions and literary sessions bringing together writers, historians and researchers from around Australia to entertain, inform and inspire those with a passion for wartime history. The Writers’ Festival will open on Friday 5 April with a welcoming address by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, and then an evening address, The Day Everything Changed, from Festival Ambassador Peter FitzSimons. With his trademark dry wit and sincere passion for history, Peter will explore the events surrounding the initial bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942 - a milestone that changed Darwin and Australia forever.
Date: Tuesday 19 - Tuesday 19 March 2019
Location: Engineering Australia, Victoria
Lockheed Martin Australia invites companies to nominate up to 2 representatives to register interest in attending the Combat System Industry Forum by using the link below.   The Future Submarine Combat System Program presents an opportunity for Australian Industry to participate in an exciting and strategically important program to build and maintain an enduring and regionally superior Australian submarine capability. Lockheed Martin Australia is offering representatives from companies who have registered their interest in participating in the Combat System Program to attend an unclassified Combat System Industry Forum in Melbourne.  LMA is seeking to ensure that all companies registered (both with and without Defence security clearances) have an opportunity to attend a Combat System Industry Forum and receive an update on progress and status of the Combat System Program.

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