Victorian govt overhauls ICT procurement


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 04 July, 2013


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The Victorian government has launched its eServices Register, a new online portal aimed at simplifying the process for ICT companies bidding for government tenders.

The register, launched by Victorian Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips, replaces the old eServices Panel as the state government's default process for procuring ICT products and services.

It uses the Ariba Network, a system operated by SAP company Ariba.

Speaking at an Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) event in Melbourne this week, Rich-Phillips said the portal will give the state government “better access to the small to medium-sized Victorian-based ICT companies that are often at the forefront of industry innovation”.

Use of the register will be mandated by Victorian government department and agencies. It will be open to all companies which meet the eligibility criteria. Current suppliers will be automatically eligible to join.

At the launch, AIIA chair Kee Wong welcomed the government’s efforts to streamline the ICT procurement process. He said the register has been developed in cooperation with the local technology sector.

“The eServices Register represents a collaborative effort between the government, AIIA and industry to improve government’s access to a broad range of quality ICT services,” Wong said.

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