Advancing sustainable purchasing in Australian local governments

As part of the PLUS Alliance composed of UNSW, Arizona State University (ASU), and King's College London (KCL), a research team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Business School is currently conducting a joint-global research on local governments’ purchasing, procurement, and waste management.

The study aims to better understand the barriers and facilitators of effective purchasing, procurement, and waste management for local governments, including the social, economic, and environmental implications.

The team has already conducted research in several countries including US and Japanese local governments. They are now offering Australian councils the opportunity to be part of this project for comparative Australian data.

The team is inviting local government professionals (e.g., managers, directors, and officers) to participate in an anonymous and confidential 15 -20 minutes online-survey. They are specifically targeting professionals from the following fields of expertise:

  1. Finance
  2. Procurement
  3. Waste management
  4. Public works
  5. City Planning
  6. Environment/environmental compliance
  7. Sustainability

The aim is to collect data from local governments with 10,000 or more residents in all states and territories.

This research has been reviewed and approved by The University of New South Wales’ Human Research Ethics Committee. In case you have any complaints or concerns about the research study please email or phone +61 2 9385 6222.

Similarly, if you would like to understand how your local government can access the team’s global dataset and/or any other specific type of inquiry, please feel free to contact: Sandor G. Lukacs de Pereny on