Dynamic Sourcing for Panels

John Sheridan - CIO & CISO

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Finance has launched Dynamic Sourcing for Panels (DS4P), the latest improvement to the Australian Government’s central procurement information system, AusTender.

DS4P provides government buyers with the information, search tools and process automation to better access the Commonwealth’s 500 panels, 60% of which are shared arrangements. DS4P builds on AusTender’s reach and integration across agencies to deliver a standard and streamlined approach to panel buying. 

  • Buyers can identify the right panels, search for and shortlist relevant suppliers, access panel documents and templates, and run request for quote processes.

  • Suppliers will benefit from greater exposure of their approved goods and services to buyers through better search capability; they can also receive requests for quote, as well as lodge proposals and quotes, all within standard processes, templates and forms.

  • Panel Managers can create and manage their panels in a consistent way, irrespective of panel type, update panel information in real time, and communicate updates and changes to their suppliers and participating agencies.

  • Agencies can find information in real time on procurement activity and trends for panels they both own and access.

The transition process for agencies to onboard their panels is underway and will run through the coming months, with whole of government and other shared panels the priority.

The DS4P video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2tXJgAIC0c.



Comments (4)

Hi John, there are panel lists periodically updated and available also on Govdex (mainly for consultancy/business enhancement related purposes). Will DS4P become the one central Govt depository for all Panel information once the transition is complete?



Hi Felicia,

DS4P's automated and standard approach to panel management and sourcing, irrespsective of panel type or agency, along with its AusTender integration, provides a good basis for a central facility. We haven't mandated DS4P's use, but over time we hope its added functionality will bring panels to one central place, and there will be no need to maintain separate lists on Govdex.


The AusTender Team

Hi John

I work for a govt agency that does not have access to Austender due to not being a prescribed agency to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs). Which means we cannot access DS4P.

Can you please tell me what plans if any there is to 'other' government agencies to have access to Austender to access DS4P.



The scope of DS4P is to streamline purchasing processes related to panels established by entities subject to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs). My AusTender team are currently undertaking some research, which will include consulting with panel owners. This will inform any decision to extend the scope of use of AusTender DS4P functionality beyond those entities which are prescribed under the CPRs.

If you would like to be informed of the outcome of that consultation, please contact the AusTender Help Desk at tenders@finance.gov.au or 1300 651 698 and let them know.

Acting Procurement Coordinator

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Last updated: 24 January 2018