Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2016 Australian Government ICT Awards.

Local, state and federal government agencies continue to demonstrate excellence, innovation and professionalism in the use of ICT.

This year we received inspirational nominations from across Australia and from all levels of government.

Each nomination is an acknowledgement of the excellent work that government does, and to have a project nominated is a proud achievement.

Department of Finance Secretary, Jane Halton AO PSM, today attended the launch of the 2016 Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM) Program, the 10th to be held in Canberra for the Australian Government.

The WITEM program provides female Executive Level 2 ICT professionals in the Australian Government with access to career development guidance and proven leadership skills through a mentor relationship with a senior ICT professional. Since 2007, the Department of Finance has partnered with Dell™ to deliver the WITEM program.

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.

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.