The Western Australian Government will extend the term of its whole-of-government ICT Services Common Use Agreement (CUA) by three years, taking the term of the agreement out to 2015.
The deployment of the first of two three year extensions has also triggered a panel refresh which will give non-panellists the opportunity to bid for membership, and current panellists the opportunity to qualify for different supply categories.
According to a Circular released on June 11, the Department of Finance will soon be commencing the seventh refresh of the ICT Services CUA. An approach to market will be released on Friday 15 June according to an Early Tender Advice alert. The current term of the contract expires on 30 September 2012.
All supplier proposals must be submitted as responses to the upcoming tender, which will be released on the Tenders WA website. Current suppliers will have to indicate their intention to remain on the panel, and will also have the option of increasing or decreasing their pricing submissions, and applying to be included in additional supply categories.
Two non-mandatory briefings will also be held for current and potential suppliers shortly after the release of the tender.
There are 12 categories currently offered under the scope of the panel, which are:
- Strategic and Business Planning Services;
- Efficiency and Optimisation Services;
- Risk Management Service;
- Procurement Management Services;
- ICT Project Management Services;
- Business Solutions Services;
- Server Management Services;
- Desktop Management Services;
- Network and Facilities Management Services;
- ICT Security Management Services;
- ICT Repairs and Maintenance Services; and
- Research and Advisory Services.
The ICT Services panel’s last refresh was launched in February 2011, as previously reported by Intermedium. A spokesperson then told Intermedium that the ICT Services panel will be refreshed at a minimum of twice a year. The delayed release of the seventh panel refresh falls well outside of this allocated timeframe.
Launched on 9 September 2009, the ICT Services CUA has an estimated turnover of $80 million per annum according to a December 2010 presentation by the Department of Finance. The panel is compulsory for all departments and agencies to use within the Perth metropolitan area.
Three other whole-of-government panels will also reach their initial expiry dates by the end of 2012. These panels are:
- Electronic Document Management Systems – A mandatory panel due to expire on 28 September 2012 with no specified extension options;
- Business Machines and Business Machines Consumables – A $106 million mandatory panel due to expire on 30 November 2012, which may be extended for two additional years; and
- Data Centre Facilities and Associated Management Services – A non-mandatory panel due to expire on 24 October 2012, which may also be extended for a further two additional years.