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
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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, enables new sellers to join panels more often, and is 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, 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. 

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Digital Sourcing Contract Limits and Reviews Policy

The Digital Sourcing Contract Limits and Reviews Policy, which came into effect 1 February 2020, limits the term and value of digital contracts and work orders, and requires that a review be undertaken before exercising extension options.

The policy provides agencies with a modern approach to structuring contracts that reduces risk, drives competitive outcomes and increases flexibility.

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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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Get in touch

You can send your feedback, comments or questions to sourcing@dta.gov.au