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Victorian Justice Department outlines upcoming ICT procurement

by Pallavi Singhal •
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Significant ICT procurement plans have been detailed by the Victorian Department of Justice (DoJ) which has become the eighth agency to transition to the Victorian Government Purchasing Board’s (VGPB) new procurement policy framework. Under the framework, it is mandatory for DoJ to outline their upcoming procurement activity on theirprocurement activity register.

The implementation of a ‘digital first’ environment through DoJ’s Justice Online Transaction Environment is expected to commence in mid to late 2014. However, the project has yet to be approved or funded.

DoJ also intends to conduct a staggered procurement of services relating to the implementation and configuration of the Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution:

  • Dynamics CRM implementation and configuration services in mid to late 2014;
  • Licencing services in early 2015;
  • Digital Services in late 2015;
  • Regulation and compliance services in early 2016; and
  • Business and analytical intelligence services in mid to late 2016.

An open Approach to Market for Cell Intercom Upgrade services is expected in mid to late 2014.

DoJ received total funding of $25.94 million for a state-wide Police IT refresh and $43.21 million for the equipment and services related to infringement management and enforcement functions in the 2014-15 Budget, according toIntermedium’s Budget IT tool.

The new VGPB procurement reforms were implemented in 2013, with all Victorian agencies expected to adopt the new framework by January 2015. The reforms intend to modernise the existing procurement model by placing a greater emphasis on the early stages of the planning process, with agencies expected to publish a procurement activity register for the following 12 to 18 month period.

The new framework also eliminates existing dollar value guidelines for procurement, whereby purchases exceeding $150,000 were required to be conducted through an open tender. Methods of procurement will now be determined according to a “complexity and risk based model” that requires agencies to assess relevant project and market dynamics prior to approaching selected suppliers or the wider market.

Other Victorian agencies that have already transitioned to the new framework and published procurement activity registers include the Department of Health, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Treasury and Finance. 

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