The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy is set to open a tender seeking technical help to test content filtering products and services in August.
The news comes after several Federal Government agencies revealed their procurement plans for the new financial year and appears timed to coincide with the expected finish of the contentious Internet clean-feed pilot.
The filtering trial, which has created a vociferous debate online, was initiated in late May and nine ISPs are testing the filtering technology: Nelson Bay Online, OMNIConnect, Primus Communications, Highway 1, Netforce, Webshield, Tech2U, Optus and Unwired. Most participants are using a Marshal8e6 product. The Government has enlisted Enex Testlab to execute and monitor the trial.
In its annual procurement document, the Department of Broadband outlined its intent to approach the market for “technical advice and assistance relating to the testing of content filtering products and services”. However, little other detail was given and requests for further information to Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, went unanswered.
The department is also looking for desktop hardware suppliers and ICT managed services in October.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology, which has already invested $2.5 million in the Australian Water Resources Information System (AWRIS) project, is set to continue its shopping spree. The group wants to install three video conferencing end-points at its Canberra office this month. A tender for office LAN cabling and software upgrade for the IP telephony system is due out in September.
The bureau will also put out calls for a PC, notebook and computer accessories supplier in August, November and April.
In terms of IT services, the Department of Climate Change plans to approach the market this month for professional services relating to its Access Management ICT system and CPRS Forestry Registry ICT. Application development services are also required for the “supply, modification, implementation and ongoing management of the CPRS Information Management system.
In addition, the group will open up a tender for the development of an intranet in September.
Other notable procurement plans involve the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), which has already pumped out several tenders in the last few months.
Some ICT solutions on the ATO wish list include electronic record-keeping applications for small businesses as well as software applications to upgrade its Australian Valuation Office (AVO). With hardware, the group wants to upgrade 12 servers and replace its fleet of notebooks.
Interested parties should keep an eye out on www.austender.gov.au for upcoming tender opportunities