South West businesses can share in billion dollar ICT spend

Smaller tech companies in the South West will benefit from changes to the Commonwealth’s ICT (Information and Communications Technology) procurement rules.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino welcomed the Commonwealth’s decision to target a greater share of its multi-billion dollar annual ICT spend toward small to medium sized Australian companies.

“The nature of technology is that it can be delivered from almost anywhere,” Mrs Marino said.

“With these changes, I strongly encourage local tech businesses to register on the Government’s Digital Marketplace and keep a close eye on contracts and offers.”

The Government’s reforms include an immediate cap on ICT contracts, restricting them to $100 million in value and/or three years’ duration.

This means large contracts will be broken down into smaller parts, allowing smaller businesses to provide products and services directly to Government, rather than as a subcontractor to a larger provider.

Other reforms to be implemented during the next year will help level the playing field for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) including standard ICT contract terms, dynamic pricing and an ‘ask the market’ capability.

For information on the Digital Marketplace please visit marketplace.service.gov.au/

For more information on the ICT procurement changes please visit dta.gov.au/what-we-do/policies-and-programs/ict-procurement/