Broader outcomes, schools targeted in $200M government hardware contract
- 24 March, 2021 06:30
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The third generation of the all of government ICT hardware contract will be broader in scope, aim to attract schools and to achieve "broader outcomes".
A presentation delivered to potential suppliers ahead of a tender this month said 460 agencies were participating in the second generation of the all-of-government (AoG) contract which expires in September.
In the last financial year $199 million in sales were transacted with agency spending increasing on average 37 per cent a year since 2015.
However, over 2,200 eligible schools have yet to sign-up to the contract.
A spokesperson told Reseller News the new tender will seek to better meet the needs of schools to encourage their participation.
Generation three aims to be value driven, to promote panel competition and value for money, to increase participation, and to achieve "broader outcome" social and environmental goals.
The new version will include contracted commitments from suppliers to deliver broader outcomes with specific focus on reducing waste and lowering emissions.
The contract has also been broadened in some areas, for instance to include meeting room and "specialist" technologies.
Government Procurement, part of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, also aims to create what it calls an essential hardware catalogue and a "simplified yet informative" secondary procurement process as part of its drive to increase agency satisfaction and participation.
The essential hardware catalogue is expected to help promote panel competition and provide agencies with added value, driven through the consolidation and standardisation of products in the catalogue.
Overall, Government Procurement aims to achieve 10 per cent increase in participation year on year and 90 per cent of mandated agency participation by 2024.
A tender for the new contract, which has a term of two years plus two rights of renewal of two years, is expected imminently, before the end of the month.