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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 12 April 2018) . . Page.. 1491 ..

In addition to the open consultation process, key internal stakeholders accessing creative services contracts and communications staff from directorates were notified of the Territory’s intention to establish a Creative Services Panel.

There were no pre-qualification requirements or mandatory criteria to be addressed by tenderers in their response. The Request for Tender (RFT) documentation included assessment criteria seeking the tenderer’s proposed service delivery approach, category specific experience, resource expertise and skills.

(2) Scoping for the various service categories included in the Panel was undertaken by the Goods and Services SMS Program working in collaboration with the Whole of Government Communications Branch (CMTEDD) and supplemented by information gathered in the pre-tender consultation process. The scope of previous contracts for creative services was used as a starting point in developing the new Panel requirements.

The value projections for the Panel was determined by undertaking an analysis of the annual spend figures for the various creative service types recorded in the General Ledger over the past 2 years.

The contract term for the Panel has been fixed for an initial period of three years with three one year extension options. While the first three year term was set to give successful suppliers confidence of being provided opportunities to submit quotations for work, this period and its extension options are also considered appropriate for providing flexibility in responding to keeping pace with the opportunities for new technologies inherent to the creative services market. The extension options provide opportunity for refreshing membership or scope adjustments in one or more panel categories, or adding new categories into the Panel if required.

In developing and putting to market the Panel tender, all legislation, policies or strategies relevant to procurement activities were considered. This tender process involved the consideration of Small Medium Enterprise (SME) policy which applied when the RFT was released, that is, prior to 1 January 2017 when the Local Industry Participation Policy was implemented. This approach was applied to all procurements released over the same period and is consistent with general procurement practice. Any future process for adding new members or categories will include a LIPP assessment criterion.

Government—procurement policies
(Question No 1101)

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

(1) What is the process undertaken between the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate and other ACT Government directorates or agencies when an authority wishes to procure services under the Whole of Government Creative Services Panel arrangement.

(2) Can ACT Government directorates or agencies procure external media and communications services outside of the Whole of Government Creative Services Panel contract; if so, can the Treasurer advise (a) why ACT Government directorates

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