The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has opened a tender for the creation of a non-exclusive panel of ICT providers.
Tender documents state the new panel is being instigated as part of Gershon Review changes.
Panel providers must be able to provide services in Canberra and/or nationally with an initial contract of three years on offer along with two optional one-year extensions.
Providers must additionally service at least one of 11 skills groups to be successful. The skills groups are: Business / systems analysis; project management; Microsoft platform; mainframe platform; data warehouse / business intelligence platform; software testing and Q&A; graphics and screen; SAP platform; and helpdesk and desktop support.
The number of panel providers required was not specified in the tender documents but no one provider needs to cover all skill groups.
The tender closes on September 8 at 3pm with services to begin in November.
The DEEWR is the second agency in recent weeks to tweak its procurement arrangements. In early July, [[artnid: 310371|Centrelink opened a tender to change its three-panel ICT procurement set-up to a two-panel arrangement. The Applications Services Panel (ASP) and Integrated Services Panel (ISP) are to be merged into one new panel of 10-15 providers.
Tender documents stated the government agency will retain its ICT Contractors Panel but requested tenders from organisations that can provide a wide range of integrated ICT services.