Message from the Minister
Since late 2016 the ICT Procurement Taskforce has consulted widely across industry and government agencies. The Taskforce had two clear objectives; make it easier and less expensive for businesses to contract with the Australian Government, and to deliver more and better government services at a lower cost.
The report of the Taskforce makes it clear that, although the Commonwealth’s procurement model is robust and meets most needs; more can be done for ICT procurement and SMEs. We want to foster an entrepreneurial spirit across the ICT industry and provide those smaller businesses with greater opportunity to work with government to provide innovative solutions.
The Australian Government is committed to reforming procurement processes and principles, and partnering closely with industry to build the better digital government services Australians need.
The Hon Angus Taylor MP
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
ICT procurement reforms
The ICT Procurement Taskforce has consulted widely with industry and across government to determine how best to simplify, consolidate and coordinate ICT procurement. The report outlines a series of recommendations that will make it simpler and faster to do business with government.
The government has responded to the recommendations in the report.
Consultations and submissions
The Taskforce consulted with organisations and individuals working in the digital technology sector. This included SMEs and startups, larger industry organisations and associations, researchers and other interested individuals or groups.
The Taskforce held a range of engagement activities as part of this review including:
- 5 roundtables with industry and government stakeholders
- 32 one-on-one consultations with ICT businesses including start-ups and small to medium enterprises
- 20 discussions with representatives from state and federal government
36 written submissions were received. These submissions informed the recommendations outlined in the report.