The WA Government has begun the eighth refresh of its ICT services Common Use Arrangement (CUA 1400808).
The call for new suppliers, issued by the Department of Finance, marks the second panel refresh this year after 29 new suppliers were added in July.
Finance will be accepting submissions from locally based suppliers as well as those located outside the state and country.
The mandatory panel, launched in 2009, is meant to undergo a refresh on an average of every 12 months, according to a spokesperson from the Department of Finance. However, before July it had not been refreshed since 2011.
Apart from a few notable exceptions the CUA covers the majority of ICT Services procurement in WA. These exceptions include the purchase of services related to software or hardware acquisition, networking services not included in the CUA like telecommunications, and infrastructure cloud services.
The refresh gives the chance for new suppliers to apply for inclusion and for existing suppliers to move into additional categories. In the last refresh, 12 existing suppliers were added to new categories.
The 12 categories that make up the panel 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.
When it was launched in 2009, the panel was said to have a turnover of $80 million per annum. The highest value contract published so far for 2013 is a $600,000 deal between Finance and INX Software for the provision of database administration services.
In 2012, a number of large scale contracts were signed by the Department of Training and Workforce for business and systems analysis and design solutions services, server and storage administration services and analysis and programming services worth $9.4 million in total.
A $34 million contract signed in 2011 between the Department for Child Protection and Fujitsu for the provision of application services remains the largest known to be signed through the panel.
The CUA is due to expire in September 2015 with an option to extend by three years. It has already had one three-year extension. The total number of suppliers currently stands at 285.
Submissions for inclusion are due to close on 22 October. Existing suppliers intending to apply for additional categories must also submit by this date.
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