The federal government has moved to install
more of the framework for the planned sale of the remainder of
Telstra, announcing it was looking for a technology advisor to
support the so-called 'T3' offering.
The Department of Finance said in a statement today "in
preparation for a possible sale" it was releasing a tender for
companies to bid to provide advice on the technology framework required to
support the sale.
Release of the tender comes after the Minister for Finance,
Senator Nick Minchin, announced the government would move to the
next stage of preparations for a possible sale of the remainder
of the carrier.
Legislation enabling the sale has passed federal parliament
and a scoping study recommended the preferred timing for a public
share offering be late 2006.
"The technology framework advisor will provide independent
advice on the application of data management, processing,
transacting and on line technologies in support of a large scale
share offer," the Finance tender stipulates.
"The advisor will also assist in the development of detailed
tender specifications and the selection of technology related
suppliers for any sale process."
The successful organisation will not be allowed to tender for
future technology design and implementation roles in the sale
The tender follows the government's appointment of another
legal partner, United States law firm Skadden, for the "possible
sale" of Telstra.