According to Federal agency procurement plans published in July 2007, almost half of the ICT procurement projects were expected to go to tender in the first quarter of the financial year. Intermedium’s analysis now shows that only a fraction of these have actually gone to the market, as intended.
When they were first published in July 2007, procurement plans published by Federal Government agencies showed that 48% of the planned ICT procurements were intended to “go to market” in the period July – September 2007.
Intermedium has found that only 5.5% of all ICT procurement items in 2007-08 procurement plans were advertised by the end of September 2007. At this stage, we must assume that these projects have been delayed as the agencies involved have published no amendments to their procurement plans to indicate what might have happened.
Notable ICT items that have gone to tender in Q1 include FaCSIA “Voice Communications” and AFP “Panel of ICT Personnel Providers”. Contracts for three procurement plan items have already been awarded during the quarter, including Disk Storage at Geoscience Australia, and Card Scanners and Software for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Version 3 at Austrade.
DIAC only listed 3 ICT items in its 2007-08 procurement plan. Two of them - “Telecommunications Services” and the “Development of Training Materials for the System for People program” have already been advertised.
By contrast, DHA’s procurement plan has not matched its actual procurement pattern to date. DHA listed 25 ICT items in its 2007/08 procurement plan, 15 of which were due to go to market in Q1. DHA had not gone to tender with any ICT item by the end of September.
115 Agencies published their procurement plans in AusTender. In total there are now 429 Procurement Plan Items listed. 35% of ICT procurement plan items were IT Services. The next largest category for planned procurements was Hardware which counted for 26% of planned ICT procurements. 39 Agencies, that published their procurement plan in AusTender, do not plan to procure any ICT items in 2007-08.