Digital sourcing policies

The Digital Sourcing Framework includes 4 policies to help buyers and sellers of government digital products and services.

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Digital Sourcing Consider First Policy

The Digital Sourcing Consider First Policy, which came into effect 1 July 2019, helps agencies make more considered investment decisions, and is backed by 5 principles:

  • be user-centred and prioritise usability
  • allow room for innovation
  • engage early and consult widely
  • consider the whole-of-life cost
  • align with whole-of-government requirements

In December 2018, we sought feedback from the information and communication technology (ICT) industry and digital sourcing decision-makers in government in government. The Digital Sourcing Consider First Policy consultation paper was based on interviews with digital sourcing experts.

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Digital Sourcing Panels Policy

The Digital Sourcing Panels Policy, which came into effect 1 July 2019, encourages competition and makes using panels easier and clearer.

It helps government buyers use digital panels and enables new sellers to join panels more often.

This policy is guided by principles that support a flexible government and an environment that fosters digital. 

Consultation and user research from the Digital Sourcing Panels Policy consultation paper assisted in the creation of this policy.  

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Digital Sourcing Fair Criteria Policy

The Digital Sourcing Fair Criteria Policy, which came into effect 1 July 2019, increases fairness in digital sourcing by allowing more companies to sell to government, regardless of their size or previous experience with government. 

We brought together sourcing experts from across government to develop, prototype and test the recommendations in the Digital Sourcing Fair Criteria Policy consultation paper.

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ICT Contract Capped Term and Value Policy

The ICT Contract Capped Term and Value Policy limits the length of government information and communications technology (ICT) contracts. It also limits the financial value of these contracts.

One of the policy’s aims is to encourage competition. By shortening contract lengths it makes sure businesses of all sizes can bid for smaller parts of larger projects.

Shorter contracts also allow agencies to bring in new and innovative technology and services earlier.

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Find out more

If you would like to find out more about how these policies were developed, read our blog.

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