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Finance manages the Internet-Based Network Connection Services (IBNCS) panel, the Telecommunications Management (TMAN) panel and the Telecommunications Invoice Reconciliation Services (IR) panel. These panels are all due to expire in 2016.

I am pleased to announce that a Request for Tender (RFT) to establish a Major Office Machines (MOMs) panel of suppliers for the Australian Government has just been released on AusTender. The MOMs Panel will offer purchase and lease contractual arrangements for the following MOMs product and service categories: 

As many of you will have already heard, the Minister for Trade and Investment and his international ministerial counterparts announced the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations on 5 October 2015. 

Michelle Norris, Director of ICT Skills Team

On Monday and Tuesday, 15 and 16 February 2016, 39 fresh faced and excited new ICT graduates from 12 different government agencies participated in an interactive and information induction program, delivered by the ICT Skills Team, Department of Finance, in conjunction with the University of Canberra (UC) Faculty of Business, Government & Law.

Over the two days, the graduates heard from a variety of engaging guest speakers, who provided the cohort with information that will assist their transition from university into full time work within the Australian Government.

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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

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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.

 

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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)?

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