Government announces ‘Digital Marketplace’ for procurement

Modelled on UK project

As part of its National Innovation and Science Agenda unveiled today the government announced it would launch a ‘Digital Marketplace’ for Commonwealth procurement.

The government said the marketplace will be a directory of digital and technology services, with the aim of making it easier for departments and agencies to purchase offerings from innovative small and medium enterprises.

“Currently, startups and SME suppliers of digital services find it difficult to participate in government procurements for large scale ICT solutions,” a factsheet issued by the government said.

“This new approach will help break down these large scale ICT requirements into component parts. The scale of each procurement is reduced, so there is greater scope for innovative responses,” the document stated.

The government will spend $15 million on the project.

The federal government spends around $5 billion a year on ICT.

The initiative is based on the UK government Digital Marketplace, which launched in November last year.

The Digital Marketplace will be built by the government’s Digital Transformation Office. The aim is for it to go live in January 2017, with a prototype to be unveiled next year.

The Digital Transformation Office launched earlier this year.

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