Election 2013: Government IT Election 2013: Government IT

The Federal Government has boasted of millions of dollars in savings generated from its coordinated approach to ICT procurement. The strategy has been to trade membership of exclusive markets through restricted panels for hefty discounts on everything from desktop hardware and Microsoft licences to floor space in data centres.

The Coalition plans to turn this on its head, scrapping the panels in favour of a single central list of suppliers vetted to supply to government across all goods and services categories. It says that this will avoid the costs of bidding for a panel place, which can exceed $40,000.

Labor:

  • Fixed term procurement panels for commodity goods and services, including ICT
  • Savings generated by leveraging coordinated buying power in exchange for discounts
  • Agencies required to consider cloud options as part of new ICT procurements
  • ICT procurement overseen by the Department of Finance and Deregulation
  • Panels mandated but agency autonomy in other buying areas
  • Coalition:

  • One central panel of all prequalified suppliers, including ICT
  • Savings generated by minimising administrative costs and red-tape
  • Advocate ‘cloud first’ approach where cloud options would be selected as default
  • ICT procurement overseen by the Department of Finance and Deregulation
  • ICT spending audit
  • Allow ‘heavy user’ agencies to maintain IT autonomy while ‘light user’ agencies move to cloud or shared solutions
  • The govt tender that still isn't finished, eight years later

    The govt tender that still isn't finished, eight years later

    OneSKY procurement keeps going, and going.
    Apr 10 2017 4:15PM
    Finance hands whole-of-govt IT panels over to DTA

    Finance hands whole-of-govt IT panels over to DTA

    Last vestiges of tech remit transferred.
    Mar 23 2017 4:15PM
    DTA expands digital marketplace

    DTA expands digital marketplace

    Government's pitching portal evolves.
    Feb 24 2017 11:18AM
    Slick phishing campaign targets NSW govt suppliers

    Slick phishing campaign targets NSW govt suppliers

    Aims to harvest tendering credentials.
    Feb 17 2017 3:30PM
    More than 180 jobs in limbo as SA govt outsources desktops

    More than 180 jobs in limbo as SA govt outsources desktops

    Ex-Holden workers promised spots in new deal.
    Feb 16 2017 3:55PM
    Victoria inks new state-wide telco deals after 13 years

    Victoria inks new state-wide telco deals after 13 years

    Seven players to share in $126 million a year.
    Jan 31 2017 1:40PM
    Bids open for Defence's mega IT services panel

    Bids open for Defence's mega IT services panel

    New deal could last for ten years.
    Jan 31 2017 10:52AM
    Defence reveals timing for new IT services panel

    Defence reveals timing for new IT services panel

    Approach to market for AMSPA replacement on its way.
    Jan 24 2017 5:03PM
    Health starts briefing vendors on new Medicare IT

    Health starts briefing vendors on new Medicare IT

    Meetings begin this week.
    Jan 9 2017 3:15PM
    Qld govt could end lease in Polaris data centre

    Qld govt could end lease in Polaris data centre

    Weighs up 'pay-by-the-month' infrastructure panel.
    Dec 5 2016 6:40AM
    Will IT procurement take a new direction under the DTA?

    Will IT procurement take a new direction under the DTA?

    Minister outlines new, not so new priorities.
    Nov 28 2016 10:15AM
    ABS told to end 'cosy' IBM lock-in after Census fail

    ABS told to end 'cosy' IBM lock-in after Census fail

    Blasted over trusted relationship and poor preparation.
    Nov 24 2016 7:37PM
    WA Health rules out legal action over $81m data centre blowout

    WA Health rules out legal action over $81m data centre blowout

    Won't chase criminal, civil charges.
    Nov 23 2016 11:53AM
    Defence's distributed computing inertia to last until 2019

    Defence's distributed computing inertia to last until 2019

    ...At least.
    Nov 23 2016 11:28AM
    Defence reveals plans to replace $340m IT panel

    Defence reveals plans to replace $340m IT panel

    Opportunity to be part of post-AMPSA landscape.
    Nov 8 2016 11:52AM
    Qld govt out to prove it can do business with start-ups

    Qld govt out to prove it can do business with start-ups

    SMEs say they want exposure more than money.
    Oct 24 2016 6:32AM
    NSW bumps up procurement leeway for 'innovative' trials

    NSW bumps up procurement leeway for 'innovative' trials

    Agencies can spend $1 million without a tender.
    Oct 5 2016 5:00PM
    Australian Navy reveals five-year system modernisation

    Australian Navy reveals five-year system modernisation

    To "rapidly mature" bespoke applications.
    Oct 5 2016 3:21PM
    NSW Treasury CIO sets IT vendor wishlist

    NSW Treasury CIO sets IT vendor wishlist

    New IT boss shares his private sector lessons.
    Sep 19 2016 11:17AM
    NSW agencies to buy through DTO's digital marketplace

    NSW agencies to buy through DTO's digital marketplace

    Partnership brings DTO scheme into state buying rules.
    Sep 13 2016 4:20PM

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