Collaboration gets results and SHOROC is working with our partner councils to implement a cost saving and productivity program to help make our councils, and in turn our region, even stronger.
Financial sustainability is recognised as one of the biggest challenges faced by NSW councils. Increasing capital, operational and maintenance costs are outweighing revenue, meaning councils must continue to seek better, smarter ways to run operations.
By reassessing how we do business, our councils are seeking to improve services for the community and region through increased capacity and efficiency. The SHOROC councils identified this as a priority in 2010 and SHOROC developed and implemented a program to achieve productivity gains and cost savings for councils. Collaboration with the professional officers from our member councils is central to this program.
>See Business Improvement Through Collaboration.
The SHOROC councils currently spend $18.8M annually through joint procurement arrangements which represents 20% of the combined materials and contracts spend of the region. Joint procurement arrangements achieve savings for councils through increased buyer power and economies of scale. These joint tender processes regularly identify discounts in the order of 5%-10% offered by suppliers for multi-council contracts across a range of goods and services.
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The NSW Government sees regional shared services through vehicles such as ROCs as part of the key to addressing the financial challenge and SHOROC is investigating the many opportunities that exist. SHOROC has developed systems to further improve procurement and tendering activities and its first joint service is a joint procurement service to conduct joint tenders as well as contract management services.
>See Shared Services.
Other collaboration and innovation initiatives exist across a range of functions and SHOROC and the professional officers of our member councils continually seek to identify new opportunities to create a better region and stronger councils.
See Joint Projects.
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Collaboration begins with sharing ideas and identifying opportunities for better ways of doing business. The SHOROC councils have a strong history of working together across a wide range of portfolios…
The SHOROC councils currently spend $18.8M annually through joint procurement arrangements which represents 20% of the combined regional spend on materials and contracts. Tenders include…
Shared services generally describes a business unit that services the needs of various other business units or organisations. The objectives of shared services can be either to establish a centralised business unit to supplement or replace: existing internal functions outsourced…
Joint projects and initiatives can provide both financial and non-financial benefits. SHOROC working groups meet to discuss issues and develop innovative projects that benefit from a regional approach. Some examples include…
Read related posts including media stories on Council Efficiency & Cost Savings
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- Business Improvement Through Collaboration
- Joint Procurement
- Shared Services
- Joint Projects
- 2012 Annual Report:: Value & results for councils through partnership
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- Big Results in 2010/11 Annual Report