The Victorian Coalition Government will overhaul the way it procures information and communication technology services by introducing a streamlined and transparent process that gives more companies the opportunity to bid for work.
Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said the Victorian Coalition Government would replace the current eServices Panel with an eServices Register.
The change has been recommended by a joint industry and government working party, appointed last November to review the way government procures its ICT services.
Mr Rich-Phillips said the working party was established after extensive consultation with industry and government revealed a need to change the way ICT services were procured.
"We have accepted the preferred option of the working party report and will consult with industry over the next few months on how this recommendation can best be implemented," Mr Rich-Phillips said.
"The Coalition Government will consider the report's full recommendations and work with industry to transition from the current panel arrangement to a proposed register.
"Current suppliers will be automatically eligible to join the new eServices Register when it is implemented over the next year.
According to the report, the establishment of an eServices Register will create a fairer and more efficient process. The register will be mandated for use by government departments and agencies with membership open to all companies that meet eligibility criteria.
"It will improve opportunities for companies to bid for government business and broaden the government's choices when it needs to procure ICT services," Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Mr Rich-Phillips said the Coalition Government had acted promptly last year to double the eServices Panel and establish the working party after receiving industry feedback.
"The register will provide for further competition, increase value for money and allow the government to consider new and innovative technology and services," Mr Rich-Phillips said.
"The Coalition Government will continue to engage with industry to ensure a better outcome across all levels of ICT procurement and strategy development," Mr Rich-Phillips said.
To read the working party's report, visit www.vgpb.vic.gov.au