DTO seeks smoother procurement path for digital transformation

Agency to set up procurement panel for digital services

The government is seeking to set up new procurement arrangements that will aid federal agencies, and potentially state, territory and local government bodies, that are engaged in digital transformation projects.

The Digital Transformation Office has issued a tender seeking to create a new panel of businesses offering digital and Agile services.

The DTO is seeking tenderers across nine service categories:

• Product management;
• Business analysis;
• Delivery management and agile coaching;
• User research;
• Service design and interaction design;
• Technical architecture, development, ethical hacking, and web operations;
• Performance and web analytics;
• Inclusive design and accessibility; and
• Digital transformation advisors.

Tenderers will be required to be able to mobilise resources at short notice — typically five days — tender documents state.

The tender closes on 4 April, with the DTO intending to have deeds of standing offer signed in May.

Details of the tender are available from AusTender.

The DTO became an executive agency in July last year. The 2015-16 budget included $95.4 million to establish the DTO as part of a $254.7 million 'Digital Transformation Agenda'.

The work of the agency, which is led by CEO Paul Shetler, has included the development of a Digital Service Standard for government agencies.

A cabinet reshuffle in February saw Angus Taylor appointed Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation.

The DTO formally sat within the Department of Communications but when Malcolm Turnbull was elevated to PM he took the agency with him and it now sits within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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