The Victorian government has appointed six
companies to a panel which will supply the state's desktop and
Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IPEX, Optima and Toshiba were
appointed to the panel, according to a statement issued by the
state this morning.
Victorian Minister for Information and Communications
Technology, Marsha Thomson, said all Victorian government
departments must now use the panel to purchase hardware over the next five years.
Her counterpart in the Environment portfolio, John Thwaites, said the deal would include provisions enabling the reuse or recycling of old PCs and notebooks.
Thomson added the panel conditions would also force the
involved suppliers to "ensure regional government agencies
received the same standard of service as their metropolitan
"We will be carefully monitoring service delivery to regions,
especially the on-site warranty services, which will be provided
by the end of the next business day and attract equal rates for
regional and metropolitan services," she said.
"Many of these services will be delivered by local