Hello All, 

On Wednesday, 3rd February 2016 I chaired the fifteenth meeting of the ISO/IEC’s Joint Technical Committee 1 Strategic Advisory Committee  (JTC 1 SAC).  Below is a summary of the minutes and an update of the work that JTC 1 SAC has been progressing.

JTC 1 SAC Committee constitution changes


Hi all

Finance is seeking comments on a draft Statement of Requirement (SOR) that outlines the products and services that will form part of an open approach to market to establish a new Whole of Australian Government (WoAG) Major Office Machines (MOMs) panel arrangement.  The products and services will fall into five categories:

  • Category 1: Network Printers
  • Category 2: Multifunction Devices (MFDs)
  • Category 3: Scanners
  • Category 4: Ancillary MOMs Products
  • Category 5: Services


Common mistakes in tender responses


I recently gave a presentation that covered common mistakes suppliers make when tendering for Commonwealth contracts and thought it may be useful to share this more broadly. 

Set out below are some practices my team have observed which may impact on the success of a potential supplier’s bid.



The Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) apply a little differently when undertaking a procurement for a consultant compared with arranging a contract for labour hire. With that in mind, I thought it might be useful to provide some information on how to categorise these differing arrangements. 

Don’t forget to nominate your ICT leaders and outstanding projects for the 2016 Awards. It’s a great way for your organisation to be acknowledged for excellence in ICT.

We are excited by the variety of nominations we have received, and are keen to hear about other Government ICT success stories.

You still have time, however nominations must be received by 11.00 pm (AESDT) Monday, 29 February 2016.

I thought it would be useful to kick off 2016 with a post that summarises and responds to a range of common questions asked of Commonwealth procurement.


Do all Commonwealth entities have to apply the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs)?

Awards are used across the world to recognise and promote outstanding achievement - the Australian Government ICT Awards (the Awards) are no different.

Those of you who are familiar with my blog, or who have been to a presentation of mine, will know that I am a big fan of using data as an evidence base for policy development and to dispel myths.

One very stubborn myth is that SMEs do not get a ‘fair share’ of the Commonwealth procurement market.

I am pleased to announce the final supplier to be added to the Whole-of-Australian-Government ICT Hardware and Associated Services Panel.

  • Dimension Data Australia Pty Limited

This brings the total number of suppliers on the Panel to 34.