I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Whole-of-Australian-Government ICT Hardware and Associated Services Panel.

Finance entered into head agreements with an initial tranche of six preferred tenderers on 24 September 2015. The head agreements are in place until 30 June 2018, with options to extend for up to three periods of 12 months each.

I’m pleased to present for comment the Deed of Standing Offer suite, a suite of template panel procurement documents that will form part of the Commonwealth Contracting Suite (CCS). The Deed of Standing Offer suite is designed to provide a standardised approach to panel procurement that will save suppliers and Commonwealth entities time and money.


 Hello All, 

On Thursday the 4th August 2015 I chaired the fourteenth 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 has been progressing.

JTC 1 SAC Committee constitution changes

Standards Australia provided an update on new and departing members of JCT 1 SAC The Committee NOTED the updates.


Hello Folks,

We hope you had a productive August. We’ve been working behind the scenes on a few different things including the largest hosted tabular dataset to date. The Smart-Grid Smart-City Customer Trial Data contains; 

I am pleased to announce that the Request for Tender (RFT) to establish a panel of Domestic and International airlines to provide air travel, management and associated services to the Australian Government has been released on AusTender, and can be accessed at

Australia announced on 2 June 2015 that it would launch negotiations to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). The GPA is a plurilateral agreement within the framework of the WTO, meaning that not all WTO members are parties to the GPA. At present there are 17 parties, comprising 45 WTO members (including the European Union). Another 10 WTO members, including Australia, are in the process of joining the GPA.

As part of the innovation activity, currently underway across a number of agencies, there has been some discussion of conducting competitions to generate and develop good ideas. Consequently, I have been asked how prizes or gifts can be managed in the context of the Commonwealth grants and procurement frameworks.  

Have you ever rushed at the last minute to buy a Christmas present? I have and I bet I’m not the only one. Open data from our friends at the Australian Bureau of Statistics demonstrates this clearly:

Hi all,

I published a blog post ‘Commonwealth procurements complaints processes’ a few weeks back, asking for comments from suppliers on whether they would be interested in additional avenues to raise complaints. Thanks for the feedback provided so far.


This post was submitted by Janai Stevens, Procurement Officer, Australian Taxation

The ATO is seeking a simple, accessible and easy to use HR Performance Management and Rewards and Recognition Solution (solution) to support their new Performance Management Framework.

It is preferred (but not essential) that the solution is cloud based, provided as a web accessible Software as a Service (SaaS) solution and is hosted, maintained and supported on an Australian based data centre that satisfies the ATO’s security requirements.