Queensland to create whole-of govt ICT contractor panel

Provider to manage 1000 contractors to be hired in 2010/11 financial year

The Queensland Government is moving to establish a new whole-of-government state-wide supply arrangement to provide ICT contracted labour following a Queensland Government chief procurement office-led review.

The new arrangements promise the appointment of a single provider responsible for the coordination of contract ICT labourers in the state. Following this appointment the government will create an ICT services panel to source the 1000 full time equivalent ICT contractors expected to be hired in the 2010/11 financial year.

According to the government, having a single supplier to coordinate the supply of these ICT contractors would obtain cost savings and administrative efficiencies through providing a single point of contracting for all ICT labour, and through benchmarking contractor rates against local and interstate suppliers.

The initiative would also see the creation of standardised role descriptions, contracts, procedures and protocols enabling Queensland Government agencies to more quickly and easily engage ICT contractors and eliminate competition in the market between agencies for ICT contract labour.

The supplier will provide services to some 13 Queensland Government agencies, including Queensland Health, the Department of Education and Queensland Police, for an initial three year period with the potential for two one-year extensions.

The initiative follows the April 2007 delivery of a report by the Service Delivery and Performance Commission on the Review of Purchasing and Logistics in the Queensland Government.

The report recommended that the Director-General of the Department of Public Works, through the Queensland Government Chief Procurement Office, develop whole-of-government procurement strategies for ICT supplies and services that have application across all agencies, and explore further opportunities to achieve better procurement outcomes through aggregated procurement arrangements across agencies or at the whole-of-government level.

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