[LINK] Sustainability of Government ICT Procurement
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Jul 22 16:19:03 AEST 2009
The ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts is
holding an Inquiry into ACT Government Procurement
Public Submissions close on 31 July 2009. Below is an outline I what
I am thinking of submitting about ICT procurement. There is a version
with links in my blog at
Suggestions and comments are welcome:
This is a submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing
Committee on Public Accounts for the Inquiry into ACT Government Procurement.
The submission addresses the following terms of reference, largely
with respect to the use and procurement of computers and
(2) the integration of sustainability considerations that
encompass environmental, economic and social aspects throughout
(3) agency approaches to procurement training and
(4) the ability of local suppliers to compete for ACT
Government procurement opportunities ...
INTEGRATION OF SUSTAINABILITY CONSIDERATIONS IN PROCUREMENT PROCESSES
It is suggested that the ACT Government should work with the federal
government and other state and local government on common
sustainability standards for procurement of government ICT. The
federal departments of Environment and Finance are working on green
ICT standards at present.
It is suggested that the ACT should propose to work with the
Commonwealth and other jurisdictions. It is suggested that this be
done by using the federal finance department's GovDex system. This
will allow federal, state and local government officials to
participate in joint working parties without the need for
face-to-face meetings. It is suggested that there be also
participation by industry representatives. The aim should be to
release green ICT guidelines by the end of 2009.
AGENCY APPROACHES TO PROCUREMENT TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
It is suggested that ACT government agencies should make use of
flexible and e-learning for procurement training, using nationally
accredited courses. The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is a
leader in the field of the development and delivery of such courses
and could provide for the ACT Government's needs. In addition other
organisations run specialised courses, as an example I have designed
a course in Green ICT, including ICT procurement, versions of which
are delivered via the web by the Australian National University and
the Australian Computer Society.
ABILITY OF LOCAL SUPPLIERS TO COMPETE FOR ACT GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT
It is suggested that the ACT Government's online tender system be
upgraded to provide similar facilities to the Australian Government
AusTender and NZ Government GETS. Systems. In particular the system
should allow a small business to register for a particular category
of tender and automatically receive an email message advising of
tenders in that category. Also once registered, the business should
be able to obtain details of a specific tender via the ACT
Government's web site without needing to reenter all their contact details.
At present the ACT Government display tenders online and sends a
weekly message advising new tenders are available. However, the
message does not indicate if there are any tenders the particular
business might be interested in. The business has to look through all
the new tenders. In contrast the Australian and NZ systems allow a
particular category to be registered for, such as computer related
tenders. The business then can look at that specific tender.
At present the business has to reenter all its contact details in
order to download a tender from the ACT tender web site. In contrast
the Australian and NZ systems only requiring registering this information once.
Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
Director, Tomw Communications Pty Ltd ABN: 17 088 714 309
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617 http://www.tomw.net.au/
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Australian National University
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