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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (12 April) . .

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(5) The number of IT specialist staff offered long term contracts is nil.

(6) 2014/15 Actual

$'000 2015/16 Actual

$'000 2016/17 Actual

$'000 2017/18 YTD

$'000 $2,481 $10,636 $12,176 $6,141

(7) The self-service portal pilot program was launched on 6 March 2018 to a small number of taxpayers. A date for the full roll out of the portal will be determined following the evaluation of the pilot which is expected to be completed in April. The target roll-out date is by the end of the financial year.

Government—tenders (Question No 1100)

Mr Coe asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 23 March 2018:

(1) In relation to the Whole of Government Creative Services Panel tender, can the Treasurer advise (a) the dates the tender was open, (b) the number of tenders received, (c) the names of tenders, (d) whether any tenderers were approached or invited to apply by ACT Government officials, including Ministers or Ministerial staff and (e) any prequalification or prerequisite categories or conditions attached to the tender.

(2) In relation to the development and putting to market the Whole of Government Creative Services Panel tender, can the Treasurer advise (a) whether there was any ministerial involvement in development or scoping, (b) how the value of the tender was scoped, (c) the rationale behind the selection of (i) start, (ii) execution and (iii) expiry dates of the contract and (d) policies or strategies connected to the contract or delivery of services.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The tender for the Whole of Government Creative Services Panel (Panel) was open to the market from 1 December 2016 to 9 February 2017, a period of 71 calendar days. The Panel is comprised of 6 service categories and administered through the Territory's Panel Management Portal (PMP) which is an electronic tendering system that provides the key benefits of streamlining the quotation process, improving supplier performance management and providing detailed reporting.

104 tenders were lodged for the Panel (refer to Attachment A for names of the organisations that lodged submissions).

The Territory advised the market of the Territory's intention to conduct a pre-tender consultation process for the establishment of new panel arrangements associated with creative services via notification on the Tender ACT website on 29 July 2016. The consultation period spanned a 4 week period and involved an invitation for interested parties to participate in a series of formal workshops, face-to-face interviews and provide responses to draft tender documentation.

Some 30 creative companies attended these workshops and face-to-face interview sessions. Information and feedback gathered from the consultation process was used to improve the tender documents and determine how the Panel would best work operationally.

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