Australian Information Industry Association


AIIA welcomes Australian Government reforms to ICT procurement

Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has released a statement in response to the ICT procurement reforms announced today by Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor.

From today, Government IT contracts will be capped at a maximum value of $100 million or three years’ duration. The Government will also set a target to increase by 10 percent the SME (small to medium enterprise) share of Government’s annual $6.5 billion ICT spend, which may amount up to an additional $650 million annually.

These are the first measures to be announced based on the I0-point recommendations provided by the ICT Procurement Taskforce.

Rob Fitzpatrick, chief executive officer of AIIA says:

“We welcome the government’s commitment to build improved procurement capabilities and introduce new ICT procurement options aimed to streamline and speed up processes for both government and vendors.

“Today’s changes are an important step forward to make it easier and less expensive for smaller Australian ICT companies to bid for components of larger projects and have the opportunity to do business with the Government. These changes are in line with recommendations made by AIIA to provide a more level playing field.

“We are particularly pleased to hear the Minister’s strong commitment to cloud services across government and to reforming existing panel arrangements. AIIA has expressed concern for some time that current approaches are out of synch with new business and operating models.

“All these changes open the door for government agencies to embrace innovation and new ideas and puts us a step closer to breaking down Canberra’s risk-averse culture. The government has also sent an important message about the importance of delivering on its digital transformation agenda.

“To succeed, it will be important to implement the spirit of these changes effectively, and industry looks forward to working with the government to ensure an effective rollout.”


About the AIIA

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information.

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