The federal government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is on the hunt for IT service providers to join a new supplier panel arrangement it plans to launch in early 2017.
The department, which is charged with designing and managing the federal government’s infrastructure, transport, and regional development activities, wants to replace the outgoing supplier panel it uses to source IT services, which is set to expire in February next year.
On 7 November, it issued a request for tender, seeking to enter into a Deed of Standing Offer for the provision of Services, and is calling on IT service providers to join the new supplier panel that is due to kick off on, or before, 18 February, 2017.
According to the department’s 2015-16 annual report, it administered more than $7.3 billion worth of work across several government business lines, including aviation and airports, and transport security.
The department itself spent $12 million on software alone during the year, and engaged IT service providers internally for millions of dollars’ worth of contracts over the 12-month period.
The request for tender for the new panel comes as the Department of Defence, one of the government’s biggest IT spenders, reveals plans of its own for the development of a new IT supplier panel arrangement.
Defence is currently calling for feedback from Australia’s IT providers over the development of its proposed IT supplier panel overhaul, which is set to see the replacement of its expiring Applications Managed Services Partnership Arrangement (AMSPA) scheme.
The creation of the so-called Information and Communications Technology Provider Arrangement (ICTPA) is aimed at making the department a “smarter and more sophisticated” buyer of IT goods and services.
The department announced on 7 November that it plans to issue a potential Approach to Market (ATM) in 2017, for the establishment of the proposed panel and is seeking feedback from the industry on certain details of the proposed panel.
The Department also released the latest iteration of its ongoing IT transformation activities, which reveals plans by the department to spend $20 billion on IT over a 10-year period.
IT partners have until 5 December to submit their tenders to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.