The Department of Finance has simplified the way government entities contract IT services by replacing the Government Information Technology and Communications (GITC) framework with a new model that will now only govern the procurement of semi-complex IT services, including managed services.
The SourceIT Plus model establishes a set of contracting terms and conditions to cover the procurement of services such as “systems integration, consultancy services, software development and managed services”, according to a blog post by Australian Government Chief Technology Officer and Procurement Coordinator John Sheridan.
The new service establishes standard contracting terms to increase consistency across the public service and enhance “familiarity with the way Commonwealth entities contract IT services”.
After receiving feedback from industry and Federal entities, the Government has opted for a static document model for SourceIT Plus, but has indicated that it is open to “incorporating an up-to-date document builder”, if it sees the demand for it.
The outgoing GITC framework contained a document building function and had been designed to cover both the simple and complex procurement of IT goods and services. A review into GITC in early 2013 identified the continued benefit of a standardised contracting tool for Government agencies, but found user issues with the GITC website, user guides and the document builder. The new service has improved website intuitiveness, clauses and guides, according to Finance.
The SourceIT model was first introduced by the Department of Finance in 2006 to cover the simple procurement across routine hardware acquisition and maintenance; licencing and support of commercial off-the-shelf software; and ICT consultancy services.
In total, Finance incorporated 56 of the 146 feedback comments during the development of the model and will look to address the 90 odd remaining comments in future reviews of the framework.