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John Sheridan - FAS Technology & Procurement

 Hello All, 

On Thursday the 26th February I chaired the thirteenth meeting of the ISO/IEC’s Joint Technical Committee 1 Strategic Advisory Committee  (JTC 1 SAC).  Below is an update of the work that JTC 1 SAC have been progressing.

JTC 1 SAC Committee constitution changes

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Hi all,

We’re continuing with our series that addresses misperceptions about Australian Government procurement. The second of many myths is busted below, I’ll be continuing with more mythbusting over a series of weekly blogs.

Myth: the lowest bid always wins

Hi all,

Commonwealth procurement is often a hot topic analysed by Senate committees, parliament, the media, industry participants, and peak industry bodies. Occasionally, such analyses unearth some misunderstandings, so I thought it would be useful to dispel some of the myths and set the record straight. The first of many myths is busted below, I’ll be continuing with more mythbusting over a regular series of blogs.

Myth 1: the Government does not support small business or SMEs

This post was submitted by Alex Aitkin, Assistant Manager, Research Commercialisation Section in the Science and Commercialisation Policy Division of the Department of Industry and Sciences.


On 30 July 2015 the Department of Industry and Science released the 2015-16 Science, Research and Innovation (SRI) Budget Tables on data.gov.au.

Hi all,

In the context of my role as Australian Government Procurement Coordinator, I am responsible for handling complaints from potential suppliers following the awarding of a contract.

To give you some context on the number of complaints received, in the four years from 2010-11 to 2013-14 inclusive, there were over 295,488 procurement contracts awarded by the Commonwealth, yet over a similar four year period, there were only 14 complaints.

I recognise that our low number of complaints could be due to a number of reasons, including:

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I am pleased to announce that the following suppliers have been added to the Cloud Services Panel:

    • Bucan Holdings Pty Ltd
    • CA Technology Pty Ltd
    • Mobilise IT Pty Ltd
    • VTS Canberra Pty Ltd

This is in addition to previously announced suppliers. Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

I am pleased to announce that the following suppliers have been added to the Cloud Services Panel:

    • Acurus Pty Ltd  
    • Adobe Systems Software Ireland Limited
    • AVGRWS Pty Ltd
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia
    • Salesforce.com Singapore Pte Ltd
    • Wipro Australia Pty Limited

This is in addition to previously announced suppliers. Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

In June, data custodians added an additional 100 datasets to data.gov.au. That’s not counting all the additional data you can find thanks to our search result sharing arrangements. It must be #GovHack, or as we refer to it in the data.gov.au team, Open Data Christmas. 

This post was submitted by Alex Aitkin, Assistant Manager, Research Commercialisation Section in the Science and Commercialisation Policy Division of the Department of Industry and Sciences.


Research Commercialisation Section, within the Department of Industry and Science, has benefited from using data.gov.au in a number of ways

1. Science, Research and Innovation (SRI) Budget Tables

I am pleased to announce that the following suppliers have been added to the Cloud Services Panel:

  • Data#3 Limited
  • Interactive Intelligence Australia Pty Ltd
  • Accenture Australia Pty Ltd

This is in addition to previously announced suppliers and brings the total number of suppliers on the Cloud Services Panel to over 100.

The Cloud Services Panel has earned the title of being the largest Whole-of-Government ICT Panel to be established under the Department of Finance. It’s also noteworthy that around 50 per cent of the Panellists are SMEs.

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