Queensland state-owned power utility Powerlink has begun the hunt for local suppliers to add to a new IT services panel.
The utility, which maintains and operates Queensland's high-voltage electricity-transmission network, is aiming to establish the panel to manage its workload when its resources are scarce, and to reduce the existing lead time it has when engaging new suppliers. It is currently anticipating that demand for IT services will continue to grow, and that it will require external IT service providers from time to time.
Under Powerlink's specifications for the tender, it will negotiate and nominate a partner from the panel to undertake tasks that are under $50,000 in value. However, for projects that are higher in value, it will call for submissions from all partners.
Services that the panel will deliver or be involved in include remote-access design, support, project management, analyst/programmer roles and database administration. Powerlink expects that a mix of service providers will best meet its requirements, rather than a single provider.
Despite the move to engage outside help on projects, the utility has included a number of safeguards, including the ability to place its own staff on project teams to ensure proper oversight, and the requirement that a service provider's project manager always works with Powerlink's own internal project manager.
Successful service providers will stay on the panel for up to three years, with the possibility of two further three-year extensions.