Common-use contracts (Treasury)
A number of common-use contacts have been established by the Department of Treasury and Finance, where a common requirement for goods or services across Government agencies has been identified.
Common-use Contracts are standing offers from suppliers for goods and services supplied for a period of time based on specified terms and conditions, and which may include agreed prices. They aggregate buying power to gain efficiencies in the procurement process and achieve the best available value for money.
Common-use Contracts are available for use by a number of groups of organisations. A Common-use Contracts index is available which links to a description and contact information in relation to each contract.
Organisations eligible to access Common-use Contracts include:
- Inner-Budget Government agencies. Under Treasurer's Instruction 1112, agencies must use certain Common-use Contracts unless otherwise authorised by the Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance. Some others are not mandatory. The Common-use Contracts index lists and describes the Common-use contracts established by Treasury.
- Government Business Enterprises (GBEs), State Owned Companies, Statutory Authorities and Local Government. These organisations can access selected Common-use Contracts.
- Organisations that satisfy specified ATO charities requirements. These organisations can also apply for access to selected Common-use Contracts.
Other charitable organisations that consider that they may be eligible for access to the Tasmanian Government's Common-use Contracts can contact the Procurement and Property Branch of Treasury on (03) 6166 4220 for more information.
Common-use contracts (TMD/Premier and Cabinet)
Networking Tasmania II and other Whole-of-Government Common Use Contracts
Treasurer's Instruction 1112 mandates that agencies must also use the Networking Tasmania II (NT II) whole-of-government contract established by TMD / the Department of Premier and Cabinet, to obtain data communications, hosting, Internet and related services. The contracts cover core services (including central switching, security, gateway and filtering services), connection services, data centre as a service, infrastructure as a service, internet services and Government directory services.
Agencies can also purchase a number of optional services under the contracts including local area network as a service (both fixed and wireless).
TMD has responsibility for the management and facilitation of this contract and further information about specific services covered by the NTII contract is available on the TMD website
The Treasurer's Instruction also mandates that agencies are required to use the integrated communications services and arrangements provided by TMD / Premier and Cabinet, including fixed and mobile voice and data carriage, interconnecting service gateways, and unified communications (telephony, desktop videoconferencing and instant messaging).
Depending on the component, TMD may provide the services, establish agreements under which the services may be purchased, or establish technical standards relating to the goods or services. If an agency has a niche requirement, for example in relation to security or interconnection with a system maintained by another jurisdiction or third party, TMD can assist the agency to meet that requirement while using the Government's integrated communications services and arrangements.
Information in relation to relevant arrangements established by TMD can be obtained from the TMD website.