The NSW Government has saved more than $3 million following the Telco Authority’s introduction of a new supplier purchasing scheme.
NSW Finance and Services Minister Dominic Perrottet, said the new procurement system for telecommunications equipment and infrastructure was introduced in May 2013 to better support agencies that use radio networks, including the Government Radio Network.
“The ITS 2573 Scheme establishes purchasing arrangements for telecommunications support including handsets, network assets and design services,” he said.
“More than 70 NSW Government agencies, including all of our emergency services, own or operate radio and related telecommunications networks to support their operations."
Perrotet said the new scheme more effectively captured the infrastructure requirements of agencies where radio communication was a critical operational requirement to ensure they could continue to deliver essential services to the community.
“As well as simplified access for NSW Government buyers and industry suppliers, the scheme allows agencies to better match the right supplier to the right job.
“This saves time and money, while driving a more competitive marketplace that is fairer for both large and small suppliers.
“In just ten months since the scheme was rolled out, it has already generated savings of $3.3 million.”
Under the arrangements, vendors can be added to the scheme periodically and are ‘prequalified’ to do work over $150,000 or ‘registered’ for work under $150,000.
Vendors report into the scheme quarterly and are rated by users for quality and value.
More than 120 vendors operate in the new scheme, which is also designed to evolve in line with new technologies.
NSW Government’s procurement reforms, aim to simplify contracts and tenders and improve opportunities for small to medium enterprises to do business with the NSW Government.
Perrottet said the new prequalification scheme is part of a whole-of-government strategy to streamline services and drive greater efficiencies to better meet the needs of the NSW community,” Mr Perrottet said.
The NSW Telco Authority coordinates services for agencies where radio communication is a critical operational requirement such as emergency services agencies, electricity suppliers and transport operators.