Talent Acquisition Scheme

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Date: 1 May 2018
Updated: 26 Aug 2020
Managed: NSW Procurement Contact owner
Type: Whole of government
Scheme Number: SCM0012
The scheme offers a list of prequalified suppliers of services to source, assess and select talent for executive and non-executive roles.

The scheme includes a wide range of suppliers evaluated on their capability, capacity and overall value for money.

They have been screened to ensure compliance requirements have been met and many contractual issues resolved, enabling customers to buy with confidence and reduced risk.

Each customer order placed in accordance with these rules will create a separate customer order.

The Talent Acquisition Scheme replaced:

  • Executive Search Scheme (SCM0227)
  • Assessment Services Panel Contract (A1651200).

Range of services

Design and delivery of assessments

The design and delivery of assessments, including pre- and post-assessments, for the recruitment and selection of executives and non-executives in the NSW public sector.

Talent search

Executive search for ongoing and term employment in senior executive roles. This includes NSW Public Service senior executives, NSW Health senior executives, NSW Police Force senior executives, NSW Transport senior executives and other statutory senior executives.

Non-executive recruitment for ongoing and term employment across the sector. This includes bulk/mass recruitment.

Psychometric tools

To provide and administer approved psychometric assessment tools. This includes:

  • cognitive ability
  • skills based
  • personality
  • emotional intelligence assessments.

Recruitment technologies

It allows the customer to engage a supplier to provide and administer approved recruitment technologies.

Key benefits

The Talent Acquisition Scheme:

  • allows government to engage suppliers with less red tape
  • makes it easier for suppliers to do business with the NSW Government, in particular small to medium enterprises and regional businesses
  • opens up the contractual arrangements to more suppliers
  • provides better leverage of the available talent pool
  • preserves the government’s position of leverage within the market place
  • is respectful of associated risk.

The terms and conditions of the standard customer order between the supplier and the customer for the supply of the services will be agreed on the customer order.

The customer must understand and comply with the NSW Procurement Board Goods and Services Policy Framework when engaging a supplier under the scheme.

The customer can request a request for quote (RFQ) from one or more suppliers for an assignment in any category. The customer will evaluate the proposals and select the supplier to undertake the assignment.

Each assignment allocated to a supplier is considered a separate and distinct engagement.

The customer and supplier must enter into a separate agreement for each engagement using the customer order form.

Download the customer order form XLSX, 57.58 KB.

Download the scheme rules PDF, 486 KB.

How to apply

All applications must be lodged on eTendering.

Applications are assessed in August, November, February and May each year. Assessment dates are subject to change.

Download the talent acquisition prequalification scheme rules PDF, 486 KB

Tools and templates

Read the NSW Government recruitment and selection guide on the Public Service Commission website.

Download the scheme rules PDF, 486 KB