Finance Dept announces desktop hardware procurement panel

Will spend up to $400 million over the course of the panel on PCs, notebooks, monitors and services

The Department of Finance and Deregulation has announced the establishment of a whole of government desktop hardware panel for up to $400 million in PC hardware related spending.

The panel, part of the Federal Government’s Coordinated Procurement Contracting initiative will be used to procure desktop and mobile computing equipment, monitors, and associated services such as installation and disposal.

Specific categories include ultra mobile PCs, netbooks, lightweight notebooks, standard notebooks, lightweight ruggedised notebooks, standard ruggedised notebooks, mobile thin client and monitors ranging from 19 to 36 inches.

The panel covers all bodies governed by the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (Cth), Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, bodies established by the Governor-General or State Governor or by a Minister of State of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory, and any incorporated company controlled by the Commonwealth or a State or Territory.

According to Department of Finance and Deregulation documents, the coordinated procurement approach would contribute to a competitive and viable industry and optimise government savings through cost reductions, improved efficiencies and promotion of behavioural change.

“The Commonwealth’s objective is to establish an arrangement that is flexible, efficient, and responsive to changing technology and agency business requirements, so that the Commonwealth can make savings on its desktop purchases through standardisation and aggregation, in a manner that provides equipment and services that are competitively priced, fit for purpose and managed and supported throughout their life,” the documents read.

The Commonwealth spends about $100 million per year on desktop hardware, and depending on market conditions and hardware lifecycles, is looking to spend between $300 and $400 million on desktop Hardware over the life of the panel.

An execute head agreement with successful tenderers is expected to be signed by May.

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