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The below blog post was submitted by Janai Stevens, Senior Procurement Officer, Australian Taxation Office.

The ATO is seeking to procure and implement a technology-based solution to facilitate more efficient and effective procurement and lifecycle management of its contingent labour workforce (Contractors) and statement of work engagements.

The ATO notes that existing solutions in the market are typically referred to as ‘Vendor Management Systems’ (VMS).

The solution is to be provided as a web accessible Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution

Online Services Branch is pleased to announce the launch of our new test environment - beta.australia.gov.au. It signifies the next phase of the redevelopment of australia.gov.au in keeping with the Department’s move to a more user-centred, evidence-based and iterative development culture.  Receiving approximately 2 million visitors a month, australia.gov.au is a critical pathway for users to find Australian government information and services online.  

The following guest post was submitted by Benjamin Mitra-Kahn, Chief Economist - IP Australia.

On 7 October IP Australia released the first iteration of the Intellectual Property Government Open Data (IPGOD).  This is an ambitious achievement that makes publicly and freely available over 100 years of records on all intellectual property rights administered by IP Australia.  This includes data on patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder rights.

I am pleased to announce that the Commonwealth Contracting Suite Online (CCS) is now available for Commonwealth Government entities for procurement under $200k.

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Finance has recently engaged an external consultant to help us examine the feasibility of establishing a whole-of-government offering for email and desktop productivity tools to be provided as a service using a secure, cloud-hosted environment.   

Government agencies could use these services as an alternative to procuring and managing their own email and desktop productivity software and its associated back of house hardware.

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Whole-of-Government Mobile Panel arrangement. The first panellists to be added to the Mobile Panel include:

  • Dialog Pty Limited,
  • iiNet Ltd,
  • Jadu Software Pty Ltd,
  • Mnet Mobile Pty Ltd,
  • Oxygen8 Communications Australia Pty Ltd,
  • Reddo Media Services Pty Ltd,
  • Stripy Sock Software Pty Ltd, and
  • TransACT Capital Communications Pty Ltd.

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Hi All,

I am pleased to announce that the Request for Tender (RFT) to establish the Whole of Government Cloud Services Panel has been released on AusTender. The RFT documentation can be downloaded from AusTender, FIN14BPAM2098.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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