Finance announces Telecommunications Commodities, Carriage and Associated Services panel.

Move part of new whole-of-government arrangements

The Department of Finance and Deregulation has announced its Telecommunications Commodities, Carriage and Associated Services panel.

The panel, flagged by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) in late March, will cover mobile voice and data services including SIM cards, mobile handsets, smartphone handsets and mobile broadband modems and accessories, and related services.

The panel will exclude fixed carriage services, fixed phone handsets and accessories for fixed phone handsets, satellite phones and video conferencing.

Under the arrangement, all agencies governed by the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and all bodies governed by the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 will be obliged to source their mobile voice and data services via the panel.

“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 telecommunications commodities purchases through standardisation, in a manner that provides goods and services that are competitively priced, fit for purpose and managed and supported throughout their life,” Finance documents read.

In March, Finance said it would establish a panel of suppliers for the provision of Internet-based network connections as part of its move to establish new whole-of-government arrangements for the procurement of a range of telecommunications and related products and services.

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