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Annual Procurement Plans up from last year

by Aleks Vickovich •
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Federal Government agencies have published their Annual Procurement Plans (APPs) in recent weeks, revealing an increase in both the number of agencies that have published an APP and the number of ICT procurements slated for the 2010-11 financial year.   

Intermedium has so far identified 453 ICT procurements in the APPs, which is a 3 per cent increase from the 440 procurements listed in the 2009-10 APPs.  124 agencies have published an APP, which is also an increase, up from 119 agencies in 2009-10.

The Bureau of Meteorology has been the most active federal agency, with 49 ICT procurements planned for a number of initiatives including software licensing, an upgrade of hardware and consultancy services. 

The Department of Health and Ageing has 36 ICT procurements, at least six of which are related to the development of the Pharmaceutical Consolidated Information System (PharmCIS) which assists the listing and navigation of drugs available on the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) and a number of other e-health initiatives.

While the Department of Finance Deregulation (Finance) and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) each published 26 planned procurements for the year.

 Other active agencies included:

  • the Department of Defence (25 ICT procurements);
  • Centrelink (11 ICT procurements); and
  • the Defence Materiel Organisation(10 ICT procurements).

22 of the planned procurements are for the establishment of panels.  Finance has announced a number of panels as part of its procurement plan including a whole-of-government ICT services panel scheduled for Quarter Four of this financial year.

The vast majority of procurements have been for IT services.  This category accounts for 208 procurements, which is 46 per cent of the total planned procurements.  Software comes in second with 97 procurements (21 per cent) and hardware has 87 (19 per cent).

Federal Government ICT Procurement: The Year Ahead Thursday 22 July 2010, 07:30-09:30am The Boat House by the Lake, Canberra

To discover the answers to these crucial questions join Intermedium for a thorough review of the Government’s ICT procurement intentions for the year ahead. more >>

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