The Western Australian Department of Health has named the first supplier to be awarded a place on its state-wide ICT Network Communication Solutions panel, which is anticipated to become the channel for more than $90 million worth of contracts.
WA based company ISA Technologies is first off the blocks in terms of panel appointments. According to a release on its website, the company has been “providing Network Communication Solutions to both government and non-government customers for the past 25 years”.
Based on a survey of Federal and state procurement websites, ISA Technologies appears to have no government ICT contracts outside WA.
It does, however, have a considerable contracting history with the WA Government. Intermedium has identified more than $12.5 million in ICT contracts awarded to ISA Technologies in by the WA Government since 2004. Not including this latest appointment, it is also a member of other key WA agency panel arrangements, including:
- The Department of Education and Training’s $15 million Network Integration and Support Services panel; and
- The Department of Health’s $14.1 million Project Resources for the eHealthWA Program panel.
The ICT Network Communication Solutions panel, which is effective as of 9 July 2012, will cover “end-to-end solutions covering design services, equipment supply, maintenance and services in order to improve communication speeds, expand bandwidth, consolidate infrastructure and improve service consistency and reliability for end users”, according to the Approach to Market.
Panellists may be called upon to provide:
- Communications network strategy;
- Planning and design based on WA Health’s standards; and
- Supply of communications network infrastructure and software.
The Panel will have an initial term of three years, with two lots of two year options (2X2) to extend adding up to a possible term of seven years.
A total of 19 submissions were received to the Request for Tenders released in March of this year, but the Department could not give any indication of how many more suppliers it intends to add to the panel, or when contract negotiations with other panellists would be finalised.
WA Health received only a small amount ICT ‘new initiative’ funding in the 2012-13 Budget, according to Intermedium’s Budget IT online tool, with a total of $210,000 being put towards its Computer and Digital Media Program over the three years to 2015-16.
However it has considerable prior year capital funding to draw upon, including $248 million over the years to 2013-14 to support ICT infrastructure across the State’s hospitals. Intermedium estimates that its ‘Business as Usual’ Operational Expenditure is $62.39 million for 2012-13.