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
  • ATO prepares massive IT outsourcing shake-up

    ATO prepares massive IT outsourcing shake-up

    Mega deals set to end.
    Dec 4 2018 11:52AM
    Feds move to ban tax-dodging IT vendors, contractors from tenders

    Feds move to ban tax-dodging IT vendors, contractors from tenders

    ATO’s tick needed for contracts from July 2019.
    Nov 21 2018 7:00AM
    Innovators get leg-up in new NSW govt pitchfest

    Innovators get leg-up in new NSW govt pitchfest

    Thirteen ‘Pitch to Pilot’ finalists revealed.
    Nov 15 2018 11:48AM
    Government's IT funding model is broken, says NSW CIO

    Government's IT funding model is broken, says NSW CIO

    Cross-agency digital fund proposed.
    Nov 13 2018 12:05PM
    Finance backs away from govt-wide records platform

    Finance backs away from govt-wide records platform

    Will now create sourcing arrangement.
    Nov 12 2018 11:36AM
    Finance reveals fresh APS-wide digitisation push

    Finance reveals fresh APS-wide digitisation push

    Annual reports next target after central budgeting.
    Oct 19 2018 11:56AM
    Defence's mega IT services panel quadruples in size

    Defence's mega IT services panel quadruples in size

    100 suppliers join.
    Oct 5 2018 6:45AM
    DTA names first hardware marketplace suppliers

    DTA names first hardware marketplace suppliers

    Panel now live for enterprise storage.
    Sep 25 2018 6:30AM
    SA govt outsourcing in $48m blowout

    SA govt outsourcing in $48m blowout

    Ten-year desktop deal not delivering on savings, jobs ... or anything, really.
    Sep 24 2018 8:30AM
    NSW Finance appoints new CIO

    NSW Finance appoints new CIO

    Internal promotion after Host decamps to Transport.
    Sep 6 2018 6:45AM
    WA's GovNext IT buying scheme overstated savings

    WA's GovNext IT buying scheme overstated savings

    Auditor finds savings model 'unrealistic'.
    Aug 30 2018 2:28PM
    NSW govt rolls fix for IT procurement

    NSW govt rolls fix for IT procurement

    Starting with cloud services.
    Aug 8 2018 6:55AM
    NSW govt signs new Microsoft, Salesforce deals

    NSW govt signs new Microsoft, Salesforce deals

    And restarts telco arrangements.
    Jul 16 2018 3:30PM
    IBM deal exposes real cost of legacy

    IBM deal exposes real cost of legacy

    The vendor government can't live without.
    Jul 5 2018 12:00PM
    Defence unveils new IT services landscape

    Defence unveils new IT services landscape

    Appoints 32 providers to mega panel.
    Jul 4 2018 11:30AM
    SA Ombudsman finds deficiencies with EPAS procurement

    SA Ombudsman finds deficiencies with EPAS procurement

    Did not observe proper practices.
    Jun 8 2018 11:41AM
    NSW govt set to launch new procurement platform

    NSW govt set to launch new procurement platform

    First iteration focused on cloud.
    May 15 2018 5:05PM
    Qld govt eyes new procurement systems

    Qld govt eyes new procurement systems

    To link up “fragmented” processes.
    Apr 5 2018 11:50AM
    DTA exposes new IT buying framework

    DTA exposes new IT buying framework

    Seeks feedback from industry.
    Apr 4 2018 6:25AM
    Defence picks strategic partners for billion-dollar ERP overhaul

    Defence picks strategic partners for billion-dollar ERP overhaul

    But no word on system integrators.
    Mar 27 2018 6:00AM

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