NSW Government’s ICT procurement contract framework is being given a reboot in a bid to encourage technology investments in the state.
The NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally, announced the changes to the procurement regime at an AIIA event in Sydney.
Procure IT was intended to simplify the procurement of IT goods and services by government agencies within the state.
Changes were spurred by the AIIA as it raised concerns over the previous Procure IT model that began in 2003. It was the standard documentation procedure for all IT period contracts within the NSW Government.
The government implored the AIIA to suggest on how to improve Procure IT earlier this year and has since made “substantial progress”, according to the Premier.
The State Contracts Control Board (SCCB), responsible for how Government acquires goods and services, has recently endorsed a number of policy changes to the Procure IT regime, she said.
“We’re very close to having a model that both Government and industry can endorse and support,” Premier Keneally said.
The documentation for the new Procure IT is being finalised. It is slated for a February 22 release.
Changes to the regime would include alterations in approaching intellectual property, where created materials will belong to the supplier, a standard limitation of liability for every contract as well as improved insurance requirements.
AIIA general manager of policy and government relations, Loretta Johnson, said the latter would make it easier for SMEs to participate in the Government procurement market.
The NSW Government also promises to cut red tape and costs of conducting IT businesses in NSW with the new Procure IT.
“It will deliver better cost efficiency to Government while promoting ICT investment in NSW,” Premier Keneally said. “Importantly, for all parties, it will eliminate the cost of legal negotiations on every ICT contract.”