Seeking Ways To Improve ICT Procurement Procedures

Seeking Ways To Improve ICT Procurement Procedures

Victoria Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips

Industry Feedback To Assist Coalition’s ICT Overhaul

Victor P Taffa

The Victorian Coalition Government is seeking further industry involvement in its plan to revamp the way information and communications technology (ICT) services are procured.

Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said the Coalition Government had developed a more detailed draft plan to transition to an eServices register by July 2013 for government departments and agencies.

“We sought feedback on the design from the wider industry in August this year and their comments, along with recent workshops have helped form the current plan.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

The draft detailed implementation plan outlines how the Coalition Government’s proposed eServices register would work, detailing offer and award processes.

“This plan builds on rules including the mandatory use of the register by all departments.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

“We will have an online self-service portal to give both suppliers and government departments a rating on their engagement and service delivery which has been supported by industry.”

“Following recent industry workshops, the register will now comprise multiple purchasing categories to suit different types and the value of the purchase, we have also detailed how suppliers and departments will be required to register.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

To be included on the register, companies will have to verify they are financially sustainable, have the relevant insurances and be willing to sign a standard government contract.

Guidelines will be developed and made available to assist both suppliers and departments in understanding the government’s approach to the assessment of best value for money in procuring ICT services.

“This will be a more flexible approach allowing companies, and particularly small and medium enterprises, the opportunity to conduct business with government by reducing the barriers to entry.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.

“We will continue to engage with industry and departments on the implementation plan to make sure our proposal addresses their needs.”