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 Consider First

In December 2018, we sought feedback from the information and communication technology (ICT) industry and digital sourcing decision-makers in government.

The Digital Sourcing Consider First Policy consultation paper proposes a policy that will help agencies make more considered investment decisions, and is backed by 4 principles:

  • user-centred and outcomes focused investment
  • buyers engage early, consult wide and use innovative approaches
  • usability and total cost of ownership are prioritised
  • alignment with technical requirements to improve user and business outcomes

As we review the feedback received in December 2018 on the draft policy, you can read more about what we’ve heard so far and the Digital Sourcing Consider First Policy consultation paper that was based on interviews with digital sourcing experts.

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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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Digital Sourcing Panels Policy

The Digital Sourcing Panels Policy will encourage competition and make using panels easier and clearer.

It will help government buyers use digital panels and enable new sellers to join panels more often than at present.

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

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Digital Sourcing Fair Criteria Policy

The Digital Sourcing Fair Criteria Policy will increase fairness in digital sourcing by allowing more companies to sell to government, regardless of their size or previous experience with government. 

The areas we’re looking at include insurance, limiting liability, security and providing separate financial criteria for large enterprises and SMEs where appropriate.

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