Technology Services Procurement Review - Discussion Paper
The Department of Treasury and Finance (Treasury) is undertaking a review to streamline procurement processes for technology services. This is part of ongoing work to simplify procurement following the release of new Treasurer's Instructions on I July 2019, issued under the Financial Management Act 2016.
This review will seek to address issues associated with the existing contractual framework for ICT contracting which have been raised by both industry and government. The proposed simplification initiatives relate to two specific areas, being:
- The Government Information Technology Conditions (GITC); and
- A review and potential replacement of the existing ICT professional services panel.
Treasury has developed a discussion paper which provides more detail regarding the proposals for the areas outlined above. We welcome your feedback about the proposals by 29 November 2019.
The discussion paper can be accessed from the Department of Treasury and Finance website here.
(Dated 30 October 2019)
Financial Management Act 2016
New Treasurer's Instructions
The Financial Management Act 2016
effect 1 July 2019 and along with it, the revised Treasurer’s Instructions (TIs) relating to procurement, disposal and contracting
are also now effective. The new TIs are available on the Treasury
Better Practice Guidelines
Better Practice Guides are also now available here
The BPG’s have been structured to follow the TIs sequentially and provide
useful guidance regarding the application of the new TIs. The
BPGs replace guidance (grey text) information previously included in the TIs as
well as some of the guidance information previously included on the Purchasing
Crown Law template documents
Office of the Crown Solicitor has updated all of the template procurement documents to
align with the new Treasurer’s Instructions. The templates can be accessed here
For assistance in relation to any of the above, please contact the Procurement Unit at Procurement, Risk and Contact Management Branch, Department of Treasury and Finance. Contact details are set out below.
(Dated 1 July 2019)
Procurement Improvement Project
To support the introduction of the Financial Management Act 2016 and the revised Treasurer's Instructions (referred to above) a
project to review, revise and redevelop all of the associated procurement
information, resources and documentation.
aim of this project is to:
- provide relevant, contemporary and useful information and resources to assist agencies in undertaking procurement processes;
- reduce and remove duplication of information and processes; and
- refresh information, documentation and resources.
Significant work towards this has already commenced with some key changes made as follows:
- changes to this website to include a process flowchart linking to the relevant TIs and a significant reduction of the volume of information contained on Buying for Government with much of this information being now located in the Better Practice Guidelines (referred to above);
- a new Procurement Plan developed to replace the previous Procurement Authorisation and Plan and Evaluation and Probity templates. It is designed for use in all procurements and can be tailored to suit agency needs or circumstance;
- a new Evaluation Report template developed to replace the previous evaluation report template. The template is designed for use for all procurements and can be tailored to suit the needs of agencies; and
- significant amendments to the template procurement checklists to simplify the documents and provide more guidance. These checklists can
be adapted to suit agency’s needs.
Procurement Plan, and Evaluation Report and checklists operate
interactively, eliminating the duplication of information previously required
by the template documents.
The Department of Treasury and Finance will continue to work on this
project in the coming months and this will likely include redesigning or
redeveloping the Purchasing website. As part of this project we will be
seeking feedback from agencies regarding areas for improvement.
Questions and comments are welcomed and can be made by contacting the Procurement Unit at Procurement, Risk and Contact Management Branch, Department of Treasury and Finance. Contact details are set out below.
(Dated 1 July 2019)