Government launches new hardware procurement panel

Acer, Dell, Samsung and others in initial tranche of suppliers

The Department of Finance has launched its whole of government procurement panel for ICT hardware and associated services.

The government's CTO, John Sheridan, today revealed the initial tranche of suppliers.

Sheridan said the government yesterday entered into head agreements with first six suppliers for the panel: Acer, Dell, Ethan Group, Mac 1, OPC IT and Samsung.

Further announcements will be made over coming weeks, Sheridan said.

Non-corporate Commonwealth entities are mandated to procure desktop PCs and 'virtual desktop computers', notebooks, mobiles computers and monitors from the panel, Sheridan said.

Procuring associated services, such as disposal, asset tagging, and installation, and servers and server racks from the panel is optional, the CTO said.

A large number of suppliers is set to be added to the panel, with head agreements managed in tranches.

The head agreements are in place until 30 June 2018.There are options for up to three 12-month extensions.

The government originally approached the market in November last year, before in December issuing request for tender documents.

The panel replaces the government's existing Desktop Hardware and Associated Services Panel.

Last year the government unveiled its data centre facilities panel.

In February this year the government launched its cloud services panel.

By July, it had set a record by becoming the largest whole-of-government ICT panel to be established under the Department of Finance.

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