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NSW nets $3 million in radio telco savings

by Michael Read •
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Over $3 million has been saved by the New South Wales Government following the introduction of a new supplier purchasing scheme at the NSW Telco Authority.

The scheme, which was introduced in May 2013, is designed to eliminate the waste and duplication arising from having 70 agencies that either own or operate radio telecommunications networks.  These include emergency services and transport agencies, electricity suppliers and other agencies which use radio but less heavily.

The scheme currently has 120 vendors. New vendors periodically join the scheme and are rated by agencies on quality and value metrics.

“The new prequalification scheme is part of a whole-of-government strategy to streamline services and drive greater efficiencies to better meet the needs of the NSW community,” said Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet.

The NSW Telco Authority is responsible for the overall coordination of radio telecommunication services for the NSW Government, and according to its website, the Authority is working to:

  • Improve the quality and efficiency of radio services for NSW Government agencies;
  • Effectively manage the Government spectrum holdings; and
  • Consolidate government owned infrastructure, assets and resources to remove unnecessary costs and duplication.
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