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Contracting for innovation

A look at how government contracts can provide confidence and security while still encouraging innovative digital solutions

A look at how government contracts can provide confidence and security while still encouraging innovative digital solutions

About this Event

Note: This is a repeat of a session we ran in August that reached capacity.

Government buyers have long been instructed not to be prescriptive in drafting statements of requirements, but how do you actually draft a contract that encourages innovation while still including the controls needed to satisfy the requirements of the Commonwealth procurement framework?

This seminar is designed to provide practical guidance on how you can build your contracts to:

  • encourage your sellers to be innovative in achieving the outcome you are seeking
  • accept failure as well as success as a positive outcome
  • work more collaboratively with sellers
  • push boundaries beyond procurement plan specifications, milestones and timetables.

While effective pre-contract due diligence activities are essential, this session will take you through a variety of contract structures and mechanisms that are designed to get the best out of the professional expertise you are engaging. It will cover contract strategies and risks, and a variety of specific contract provisions you could utilise.

Presenter bio

Caroline Atkins is a partner at Maddocks lawyers in Canberra, and has specialised in government procurement and contracting for many years. She has substantial experience in complex ICT implementation projects and has also worked extensively on whole of government agreements and panels. Caroline has a deep understanding of what can go wrong in ICT contracts, what vendors want and how to achieve a negotiated outcome that provides an acceptable level of both certainty and risk for customers. Partner Gavan Mackenzie will also attend this presentation. Gavan also has extensive experience in these areas.

Technical requirements

This session will be presented using Zoom Video Communications, which you can access either by installing Zoom on your computer or tablet or through your internet browser (Chrome often works best). You can test your access to Zoom by launching a test Zoom meeting anytime at

If you want to participate but cannot access Zoom on your work device, we encourage you to use a personal device (the link will be emailed to you and can be forwarded to a personal email address) or email after registering to request the presentation slides prior to the event. You can then dial into the presentation by phone and follow along with the slides on your own computer or device.

This is a Digital Sourcing Network event for federal, state and territory government employees only (including contractors or consultants employed by government).