Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP has announced that Defence is inviting the information and communication technologies (ICT) industry to help implement its distributed computing and terrestrial communications ICT services needs.
This follows an Invitation to Register Interest (ITR) undertaken by Defence that closed in September.
Defence continues to stress that its suppliers have a significant role to play in improving Defence ICT services, reducing complexity and lowering costs, which are key aspects of the Strategic Reform Program.
However, the latest statement confirms Defence also wants to reduce the number of vendors it deals with.
“While periodic testing of the market is routine, on this occasion Defence aims to take a major step towards achieving its longer-term strategic ICT sourcing objectives; including further rationalising suppliers and lower costs,” Dr Kelly said.
The invitation to industry will be published through the Government’s purchasing channel (AusTender) via its website, www.tenders.gov.au. At the time of writing, the tender was not yet listed.
“Defence aims to replace a number of distributed computing and terrestrial communications contracts that expire between November 2010 and July 2011,” said Dr Kelly.
“As a result, Defence is inviting tenders from industry, covering the services provided by the current contracts together with other related services.”
Defence expects to enter into new contracts in mid-2010.