Defence has put out an invitation to participate in a co-design process related to the refresh of the Commonwealth’s ICT Provider Arrangement (ICTPA), one of the federal government’s largest IT panels.
The long-awaited ICTPA was established in July 2018 to replace Defence's huge systems integrator panel known as the now-expired applications managed service partnership agreement (AMSPA).
The arrangement targets applications development and sustainment, systems integration and ICT services. It was designed to introduce a flexible purchasing model for the Commonwealth in the wake of the 2015 First Principles Review.
The announced co-design process includes written submissions and a possible series of workshops, subject to guidance from the Department of Health on managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The co-design process will promote effective engagement across a wide range of stakeholder groups in the re-design and delivery of the ICTPA, including ICTPA Panel Members, potential new ICT suppliers, internal Defence stakeholders, other Commonwealth agencies and the Commonwealth’s legal service providers,” the invitation reads.
Responses to the invitation are due by 4 May, with workshops beginning in early June and running until August.
More information is available here.
ADM Comment: The first iteration of ICTPA took the better part of 12 months for the Commonwealth to assess and get into contract with the parties involved, with very specific boundaries. ADM understands that the Commonwealth is looking to expand some of these boundaries around hardware and software.
The current ICTPA is comprised of 32 companies:
- ABB Enterprise Software
- Adactin Group
- AGIS Group
- ASG Group
- Cogito Group
- DWS (NSW)
- DXC Technology
- Ernst & Young
- Northrop Grumman
- Optus Networks
- Softel Systems Business
- Southern Cross Computing
- The Gruden Group
Will the refresh allow for smaller companies to enter the panel in their own right? Or will it see a contraction of the panel as it stands? ADM will keep you up to date as more details come to light.