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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 16:06

Vic Government to overhaul ICT services procurement

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The Victorian Government is to replace its eServices panel for the procurement of ICT services with an eServices register that, it says, will be more streamlined and more transparent and will give more companies the opportunity to bid for work.

Use of the register by government departments and agencies will be mandatory and membership open to all companies that meet eligibility criteria. Current suppliers will be automatically eligible to join the new register when it is implemented over the next year.

There would be no cap on the value of contracts managed through the register but an exemption process would allow departments to opt for a public tender where appropriate.

The change has been recommended by a joint industry and government working party, appointed last November to review the way government procures its ICT services.

Assistant treasurer, Gordon Rich-Phillips, said the working party had been established following extensive consultation with industry and government that had revealed a need to change the way ICT services were procured.

"We have accepted the preferred option of the working party report and will consult with industry over the next few months on how this recommendation can best be implemented," Rich-Phillips said.

"The Coalition Government will consider the report's full recommendations and work with industry to transition from the current panel arrangement to a proposed register...It will improve opportunities for companies to bid for government business and broaden the government's choices when it needs to procure ICT services."

The review stemmed from last year's tender for inclusion in a new eServices panel. According to the working party's report "The tender outcome prompted a number of issues and concerns to be raised by both industry and government. As a result the Government announced a refresh in July 2011 which was concluded in October 2011 with 368 companies appointed to the panel, making it the largest ever Victorian eServices panel...

"After consideration of the issues arising from the June 2011 eServices tender and ongoing issues following the July 2011 refresh, the working party concluded that the current eServices panel model is not optimal in meeting the Government's objectives in respect to either procurement or economic development."

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