An Expression of Interest was issued on 20 December 2007 for ICT Fleet Management Service for the Department of Education and Training (DET) Schools ICT Hardware. With more than 200,000 PCs already in NSW schools, this is a significant piece of work. Roll out of the Federal Government’s program to provide PCs to all Year 9-12 students will dramatically increase the size of the task.
Each of the NSW schools spend their own funds on ICT equipment and services, including a minimum of:
- 200,000 PCs;
- 30,000 imaging devices; and
- 10,000 interactive classroom systems including 10,000 whiteboards, 10,000 projectors, 5,000 video conferencing systems and 10,000 sound systems.
Education is looking to adopt a whole life cycle approach to ICT equipment management. At present the Department spends more than $100m on PC’s, imaging devices and interactive classroom systems from state contract control board arrangements.
The successful candidate will confront many logistical issues to overcome in the roll out of ICT equipment due to the geographic dispersion of NSW public schools. It is hoped the new arrangement will help to integrate asset management technology and services.
With the Federal Government PC promising a PC for each child in year 9 and above, it is expected that there will be a significant increase in the number of PC’s managed by NSW Education.