Centrelink revamps ICT provider panels

Centrelink revamps ICT provider panels

Federal Government agency seeks 10-15 new providers to join new panel

Centrelink is changing its three-panel ICT procurement set-up to a two-panel arrangement. The Applications Services Panel (ASP) and Integrated Services Panel (ISP) will be merged into one new panel of 10-15 providers.

Tender documents state the government agency will retain its ICT Contractors Panel but is requesting tenders from organisations that can provide a wide range of integrated ICT services.

Centrelink is after expertise in: Application support and development; business intelligence services; database services; mainframe services; midrange services; desktop and mobile devices services; network and communications services; and IT security services.

A particular emphasis was placed on familiarity with Model 204 (M204) applications development for the mainframe environment, and Janus and Java applications development for the midrange environment.

Other requirements include knowledge of: The z/OS mainframe environment using a hierarchical DBMS; the Solaris midrange server environment, with the major custom-built applications written in Java and using DB2 file structures; and large-scale voice, video and data networks.

Centrelink currently executes about 33 million customer service-related transactions per day across all environments. Most of its management, 26,000 employees, and two datacentres, are based in Canberra.

Three-year contracts are on offer – with one two-year optional extension. The tender closes on August 4.

The announcement is the latest in a string of Federal Government tenders. In late June, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) $450,000 opened a tender seeking offers for an Information Technology Desktop Asset Management (ITDAM) solution and an Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) tender was opened seeking a service provider for a $200,000 Cisco telephony contract to boost its unified communications strategy.

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