Procure IT framework gets AIIA overhaul

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has announced a comprehensive overhaul to the state's Procure IT contract framework at an Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) event in Sydney today.

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally announced a comprehensive overhaul to the state's Procure IT contract framework at an Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) event in Sydney today.

Kristina Keneally

Kristina Keneally (Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia)

The Procure IT framework sets out standard terms and conditions for vendors looking to sign ICT contract deals with the NSW Government. The AIIA worked with the government to make the Procure IT process more accessible to buyers, vendors and other businesses after initially voicing its displeasure about the framework.

The new procurement framework is set to provide vendors, customers and businesses with beefed-up intellectual property protections and standard limitation of liability for the majority of contracts, leading to a faster settlement process.

"Under the new framework, newly created materials will belong to the supplier, a standard limitation of liability will apply to almost every contract, it will be easier for [small to medium enterprises] to work with the government in procurement activities and there will be very little negotiation required, if any on new contracts," said Loretta Jonson, general manager for Policy and Government Relations for the AIIA.

The AIIA had slammed the framework in February, saying it was costly to buyers and suppliers. The AIIA went as far to say in a whitepaper (PDF) that the over-complicated and prohibitive process had the potential to compromise the value of ICT to NSW.

The Procure IT contract framework was developed in 2003 under then-Premier Bob Carr as an update to the Government Information Technology Conditions.

The new framework is set to launch on 22 February 2011, with Telstra hosting a full day of training for businesses and customers at its CBD offices on 3 March.

NSW business growth plan

A panel convened at the AIIA event today to discuss the ICT industry's participation in the state's business sector growth plan (PDF) over the next 10 years. NICTA's commercialisation director, Rob Fitzpatrick, led an industry consultation process in the development stages of the growth plan. He said that when he was talking to businesses about growth policies, they told him that their opinions had never been sought before.

Many of the recommendations that came from the industry consultation period made their way into the final copy of the plan.

The plan suggests that by 2020, the NSW economy will grow 30 per cent, driven by "growth in highly skilled, high value-added industries". According to the plan, the NSW economy in 2020 will be technologically advanced, innovative, carbon-conscious and globally competitive.