Rosemary Deininger

This morning I attended the Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM) Coaching Circles networking event, the first to be held in Canberra for the Australian Government.

Since 2007, the Department of Finance has partnered with Dell™, a global PC business and technology leader, to deliver the WITEM programs. WITEM mentoring and coaching programs have provided a springboard to advancement for over 270 women working in ICT across government. This year 113 women from 28 government organisations will participate in the WITEM Coaching Program.


I’m pleased to announce the latest and final appointments to the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel:

  • Macquarie Telecom Pty Ltd;
  • Red Cloud Ltd;
  • iseek Communication Pty Ltd;
  • NTT Com ICT DC Solutions (Australia) Pty Ltd; and,
  • Datacom Systems (ACT) Pty Ltd.

There are now 17 contractors on this Panel, offering a total of 35 sites around Australia. Of those sites, 29 are existing sites with a further six greenfield sites due to become available between late 2014 and mid-2016.

govCMS logo

Following the recent Request for Proposal process, I am pleased to announce Finance has engaged the services of Acquia Inc. to support the provision of the Government Content Management System. 

Acquia will provide Software-as-a-Service on the Public Cloud using Drupal open source software.  Acquia will partner with several local businesses so that govCMS can offer a comprehensive service from website design and development through to support and managed operations.   

In my blog post of 13 March 2014, I invited agencies, researchers and the private sector to submit proposals for joint private-public projects using big data in innovative ways. We have received over forty submissions and have commenced the process of reviewing them.

The following guest post was submitted by Kate Dacey, Senior Procurement Officer - Procurement Delivery Procure2Pay Solutions Australian Taxation Office.

This Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) is seeking responses from Debt Collection Industry specialists to provide information relevant to the future supply of Debt Management Services to the Commonwealth.

Hello All,

At the end of August we rolled out our new metadata schema. We believe that this new schema will make it easier for users to discover and cross-correlate the 3,703 datasets currently available on the site. The new schema is available as an API accessible dataset and via the open data toolkit.

In consultation with Attorney General’s Department and Department of Defence, Finance has drafted cyber security model clauses. The objectives of the model cyber security clauses are to:

This week we’ve signed an additional three companies to the Panel:

  • Hewlett Packard Australia Pty Ltd;
  • Metronode Pty Ltd; and,
  • Fujitsu Australia Ltd.

They join the nine suppliers already on the Panel:

  • Australian Data Centres;
  • Canberra Data Centres Pty Limited;
  • NEXTDC Limited;
  • Datapod (Australia) Pty Limited;
  • Digital Sense Hosting Pty Ltd;
  • iiNet Ltd;
  • Enterprise Data Corporation Pty Ltd;
  • Tier 5 Pty Ltd;
  • Pacnet Services (A) Pty Ltd.

I am pleased to announce two further additions to the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel:

  • Enterprise Data Corporation Pty Ltd, and
  • Tier 5 Pty Ltd.

This panel was established in July and I anticipate releasing the final round of appointments in the next few weeks.

I hear a lot from ICT suppliers about panel arrangements, particularly those who have been successful in responding to tenders but have not subsequently been awarded contracts.

I was interested in analysing the AusTender data to see how frequently that occurs and to see if there were any trends in terms of panel size or duration.