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ICT Hardware and Associated Services Panel
I am pleased to announce that the Request for Tender (RFT) to establish a Whole of Government ICT Hardware and Associated Services Panel has been released on AusTender (FIN14BPAM2335).
I would like to acknowledge all those who provided comments on the Draft Head Agreement and Statement of Requirement that were posted on the Department of Finance’s blog in November 2014. Feedback has been supportive and I’m delighted by the quality of the comments and suggestions we’ve received.
Not all of the suggestions were incorporated into the final version of the Statement of Requirement (SOR). Agencies and panellists will have the opportunity to suggest updates to the SOR during each Best and Final Offer (BAFO) process in the future. Subject to Finance’s approval, agencies will be able to request hardware that has specification which cannot be met by the SOR through a special “request for quote” process.
Some suppliers have asked to be able to include value-added features to products in the SOR. The SOR has not been modified to allow this. However, suppliers will be able to offer such features during the BAFO process after they are admitted to the Panel.
As discussed in November’s blog post, Finance is progressively adopting a standard Head Agreement and Contract Terms across its ICT Panels. We are willing to entertain suggestions relevant to Schedule 3 – Module 2 Part B to Part E of the ICT Deliverables Head Agreement.
The Panel aims to offer Agencies a reduction in cost for ICT hardware and associated services and simplify the procurement process for vendors seeking to do business with the Australian Government. I look forward to receiving a wide range of competitive responses.
If you have questions about the RFT process please email the Tender Officer at email@example.com.
Last updated: 06 January 2015