Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2016) . . Page.. 317 ..
(Question No 569)
Mr Doszpot asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 19 November 2015 (redirected to the Minister for Economic Development):
(1) What is the process for ACT Government procurements.
(2) What is the method by which these procurements are made.
(3) Is information relating to the cost of maintaining ICT infrastructure available to the public.
(4) Does the current procurement process place local businesses at a disadvantage.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) All Territory procurement is governed by the Government Procurement Act 2001 (Act), the Government Procurement Regulation 2007 (Regulation).
(2) See (1).
(4) No. In the case of Goods and Service Procurement, tenderers receive a weighting of up to 5 per cent for the proportion of the contract that will be delivered by local small and medium businesses. The government is also developing a Local Industry Participation Policy, with the objective of making it easier for local SMEs to compete for work on government contracts and which will apply to Territory procurements.
ACT Government procurement requires open and fair processes leading to the achievement of value for money. However, some of the performance requirements in contracts, such as the need to attend meetings or sites within specified timeframes, provide natural advantages to local businesses which are, by definition, already close to the locations. Local businesses also do not have to pay the travel and accommodation costs that businesses with a home base in other cities need to find.
Schools—information and communications technology
(Question No 570)
Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 November 2015 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Education and Training):
(1) What is the total amount of funds directed to ICT equipment and programs in ACT public schools for the (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015 and (c) 2015-2016 financial years.
(2) What is the total funding from all sources directed to maintenance and servicing of ICT equipment in ACT public schools for the (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015 and (c) 2015-2016 financial years.