The first panellists to be added to the Department of Finance’s (Finance’s) newly established Whole of Government (WofG) Mobile Panel have been published and are:
- Jadu Software;
- Mnet Mobile;
- Oxygen8 Communications Australia;
- Reddo Media Services;
- Stripy Sock Software; and
- TransACT Capital Communications.
Neither Optus nor Telstra are on the current version of the list of suppliers but Finance is expected to provide updates in coming weeks.
All non-corporate Commonwealth entities (ie all Departments and other ‘budget-dependent’ agencies) are required to use the Panel to procure mobile voice and data carriage as well as mobile handsets and broadband devices.
The new Panel is intended to support the Australian Public Service (APS) Mobile Roadmap which sets out Australian Government agency use of mobile technology to deliver better services, improve the productivity of APS operations, and facilitate open engagement between the Government and citizens.
Use of the Panel is expected to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and promote behaviour change, at the same time as meeting the business needs of agencies.
A competitive supply market with fair, equitable and transparent processes was identified by Finance as a key factor in the decision to establish the Panel, which is available to all Commonwealth entities and State bodies.
While use of the Panel is mandatory for the procurement by non-corporate Commonwealth agencies of mobile voice and data carriage, as well as mobile handsets and broadband devices, a number of optional services are also available under the Panel.
Finance will manage the Panel on behalf of the Australian Government, and will provide further announcements on the Panel in the coming weeks.
Government agencies are able to view maximum prices and the list of services in Govdex.