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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1031 ..

Parking meters at Woden

MR SMYTH: Mr Wood asked a question on 6 March on parking. The answer is as follows: the Department of Urban Services has advised that the parking meters adjacent to the Woden shopfront are limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. The reason for this limit is to ensure a high turnover of vehicles in these premium short-stay parking spaces. However, following consultation with ACT Roads and the shopfront, it has been agreed to increase the time limit to 30 minutes to allow shopfront customers more time to complete their business. The signs and the parking meters will be changed during April 2001.

Integrated document management system

MR SMYTH: Yesterday Mr Quinlan asked a question in relation to the IDMS system. The status of the IDMS procurement project is that, as should be the case for any large and complex procurement project, industry was asked late last year to provide responses to a request for a proposal, an RFP. An RFP is not a request for tender. An RFP is a procurement mechanism commonly used as the first of two stages in projects with a significant development component to gauge the likelihood of the industry being able to deliver a suitable solution. It is also a mechanism that allows for the greatest possible innovation by industry in providing a response and therefore avoids prescriptive and mandatory requirements at the detail level.

The IDMS request for proposal documents issued late last year advised recipients that the government had a number of options available to complete the second stage of the procurement process following assessment of the RFP. One of these options was to issue an RFT, a request for tender. An RFT is a mechanism you use when you have established greater certainty over what industry is capable of delivering and is the document that is intended to become the basis for a future contract for the delivery of products and services.

Following the evaluation of the RFP and an analysis of what was capable of being delivered, the requirements for the IDMS project were refined and the option of using a request for tender for the second stage of the procurement process is being exercised. The detailed requirements for the RFT process have been established and documented, and the RFT will be issued shortly. This is a normal and prudent procurement practice for the delivery of a complex project by a project team that has the support of significant probity and other process advice and support.

Mr Quinlan then asked some specific questions. Five responses to the request for proposal were received. The RFP contained objective measures for evaluation and assessment purposes. In fact, it contained 267 detailed objective measures. As I have indicated, it is not being reissued. We are moving to the second stage of the procurement process as planned. Given the above, no money has been wasted on the procurement process as it is proceeding as planned.

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