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Judging by the amount of AusTender activity we see related to publication of agencies’ Annual Procurement Plans (Plans), many of you find value in the early advice the Plans provide on upcoming procurements. 

Two weeks ago I announced the establishment of the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel. Today I would like to announce the appointment of the following companies to the Panel:

  • iiNet Ltd;
  • Digital Sense Hosting Pty Ltd; and,
  • Pacnet Services (A) Pty Ltd.

Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Hello All,

A very standard greeting. That's exactly why it's perfect for today's post about the 11th meeting of the ISO/IEC’s Joint Technical Committee 1 Strategic Advisory Committee  (JTC 1 SAC).

I'd like to start by thanking Don Easter for his input to the group. Don is stepping down from his role with the JTC 1 SAC and I would like to acknowledge his efforts on behalf of the committee.

Hello All,

Recently the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) hosted a delegation from the Singapore Government. Given my interest in government use of new media I was asked to speak about the evolving nature of the (social) media cycle and the need for the public service to be informed about engaging online.

The following guest post was submitted by David Pearson, Stakeholder Communications, Department of Industry.

Open data has transformed the way that appliance energy efficiency information is communicated in Australia with powerful and unexpected benefits. 

The following guest post was submitted by Armin Haller from the CSIRO. Armin is the chair of the Australian Government Linked Data Working Group (AGLDWG).

The Australian Government Linked Data Working group (AGLDWG) is pleased to announce the release of a first version of a set of guidelines for the publishing of Linked Datasets on data.gov.au at:

https://github.com/AGLDWG/TR/wiki/URI-Guidelines-for-publishing-linked-datasets-on-data.gov.au-v0.1

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel arrangements. The first suppliers have been added to the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel, these companies are:

Earlier this year, I sought feedback on implementing a credit card payment policy for low value supplier payments. Following the post and subsequent consultation, Finance has released two policies, with effect from 1 July 2014, which will improve the timeliness and ease at which suppliers receive payments. 

Pay on-time or Pay interest

Three new Cloud Computing procurement codes have today been added to the goods and services categorisation system on AusTender, the Commonwealth Government’s procurement information system www.tenders.gov.au.  

Commonwealth Government agencies will apply the new codes to their Cloud-based Planned Procurements (PPs), open Approaches to Market (ATMs), Standing Offer Notices (SONs), and Contract Notices (CNs), as they are published on AusTender.

I am very pleased to announce the launch of the Commonwealth Contracting Suite (CCS) for procurement under $200k.

http://www.finance.gov.au/procurement/commonwealth-contracting-suite/

Commonwealth entities now have a suite of three documents covering contracting with the Commonwealth Government four typical contracting categories:

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