By 1 July, all Federal Government agencies are required to post forward procurement plans for the 2007-08 financial year. 96 plans had been posted on the AusTender website by that date. This means that almost one third of the agencies did not meet the target date.
Intermedium has reviewed the plans posted on 1 July to identify ICT initiatives contained within the general plans. Key agencies that have listed their plans include Defence, Centrelink and Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
These procurement plans are a valuable source of information about ICT purchasing intentions, however, there is considerable variation in the quality of the published plans.
Intermedium expects that The Department of Defence will again dominate the Federal Government ICT market in 2007-08. During the 2005-06 financial year (the last complete year for which contracts data is available), Defence listed 6,077 ICT contracts with a total value of more than $1.2 billion or almost 40% of the total value of the Federal ICT market.
The Department of Defence and Defence Materiel Organisation plans list a total of 121 planned procurements for the 2007-08 financial year. But Intermedium has identified just 12 ICT items amongst them. Defence procurement plans obviously understate the level of ICT procurements it will undertake during the current financial year.
By contrast, the 2007-08 Centrelink procurement plan is an example of a user friendly procurement plan. Procurements are sorted into sub-categories such as Property, Information and Technology Services and Human Resources, making analysis of ICT opportunities much more straightforward. Amongst the 38 requirements Centrelink listed for 2007-08, Intermedium identified 16 ICT items.
Department of Immigration and Citizenship, another of the "Tier 1" Federal agencies, listed only 1 ICT item (Telecommunications Services), in its 2007-08 procurement plan. In 2005-06 DIAC’s total ICT and LOM contract value was over $213 million.
Intermedium will publish a comprehensive guide to ICT items contained in all 2007-08 procurement plans (including those published after 1 July) in the July issue of scout IT.