Government seeks ‘unsolicited bids’ process for government IT – December 2016

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The Government is encouraging businesses to suggest how its ICT contracts can be made more accessible to small innovators.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said: “We’ve got to let the outside in; government needs to be porous. We need to open up our ICT contracts to smaller players to solve Government problems.

“How we work, how we buy goods and services, how we communicate, is being transformed by digital technology. The Government is committed to improving the lives of all Australians through more effective digital services – the opportunity is too great to ignore.

“To capitalise on digital solutions in the private sector, we need to remove barriers for start-ups and SMEs who want to pitch their ideas and win Government ICT work.

“Procurement is the main gateway for the digital technology sector to provide solutions to government. This gateway needs to be open and streamlined so that new technologies can be deployed quickly to improve public services.”

Speaking at an Open Opportunity forum in Canberra, Mr Taylor said a future procurement platform should be able ‘to ingest and provide technology’.

“In this framework you would be able to build on Government platforms to provide services and solutions. These solutions may be based entirely or partially on high quality Government data.”

Technology businesses are being encouraged to make a submission to the Commonwealth’s ICT Procurement Taskforce, expected to report in early 2017.

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