Govt clears post-election tender backlog

Following an extended caretaker process as a result of the 17-day election stalemate, the Federal Government is getting back to business and awarded over 1700 contracts to tenderers in the last 10 days alone.

Following an extended caretaker process as a result of the 17-day election stalemate, the Federal Government is getting back to business and awarded over 1700 contracts to tenderers in the last 10 days alone.

The caretaker conventions specify that the government is not to award new contracts to tenderers while in election mode. Now that the result has been announced and a government has been formed, it is getting back into the swing of things.

The government has also issued several prominent new tenders over the last week, including Centrelink's invitation to tender for a new enterprise storage contract worth between $30 million and $40 million, and the long-awaited datacentre migration tender, which looks to save $1 billion in future datacentre costs.

The National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has also issued a major tender for its "National Authentication Service for Health".

The Department of Parliamentary Services, Geoscience Australia and IP Australia are among the bulk of contract notices, with the three agencies alone awarding several million dollars collectively over the last 10 days.

Department of Parliamentary Services

  • Computer monitors contract awarded to Dell Australia for $73,150.
  • ICT Broadcasting services contract awarded to ICON recruitment for $33,686.
  • Supply of laptop computers contract awarded to Synergy Plus Operations for $11,269.

Geoscience Australia

  • Local and long distance telecommunications contract awarded to Telstra OTC for $19,125.
  • Components deliverable to support a nuclear monitoring network contract awarded to Optus Communications for $33,000

IP Australia

  • Customer data management software, support and training contract awarded to Fujitsu Australia for $1.59 million.
  • Telecommunications media services contract awarded to Telstra Australia for $70,000

For a full list of awarded contracts, check the AusTender website.

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