The New South Wales Government began calls for tenders for the Government network service yesterday.
The State Government deemed that the successful tender will have to show plans to develop an intranet solution that will service all NSW agencies.
Unlike other States, the NSW Government has opted for a contestable model for the tender services rather than awarding a single contract to a single supplier. However, the successful solution must include management capabilities as the Government has made it clear it does not intend to spend extra resources on separate management contracts.
"Until now different agencies have built and serviced independent networks which have not been consistent across Government," said NSW Minister for Information Technology, Kim Yeadon.
"Rather than owning the infrastructure as well as managing it, Government will buy a fully-managed service. This is expected to provide better value for money and allow agencies to focus their attention on core business instead of infrastructure."
According to Yeadon, the service will be used to spread information, transact business and improve service delivery through all levels of NSW Government.
"Where appropriate, the Government will buy digital communication services from commercially available sources based on flexible public networks," Yeadon said.
"We are seeking solution offers from tenderers which focus on improved ways to support electronic service delivery, electronic commerce and allow better customer service."