Continuing its strategy of managing its IT requirements in-house, Australian Federal Police (AFP) has gone to the market to establish a panel for its IT requirements for the next three - five years. A tender was released on 10 October for a wide range of IT products.
AFP is a significant purchaser of ICT. Intermedium’s research showed AFP ranked number eight in 2006-07 (the last available complete financial year data) in terms of its ICT spend, with contracts valued at almost $120m during the period. However, average contract value in recent years has been around $60 - $70m per year.
The current tender is for establishment of a panel of vendors to supply products including:
- Business productivity products
- Communications, networking and telephony products
- Data Centre infrastructure products
- Data storage, backup and mid-range server products
- Geospatial information systems products
- Information technology peripheral products
- Information technology security products
Tender documents give no indication of the number of vendors AFP plans to include on the panel, saying only that it plans to “appoint a number of suppliers”. AFP will invite new members to join the panel every 12 months, and also retains the right to source products outside the panel.
This project was not included in AFP’s procurement plan published in July 2008, but details of this procurement were added in August.
The initial period of the panel is 3 years, with the option of a two extension.