Buying Microsoft products

The Microsoft Volume Sourcing Arrangement makes it easier for government agencies to buy Microsoft products and services.

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What is this arrangement?

The Microsoft Volume Sourcing Arrangement (VSA) makes buying Microsoft products easier for government agencies. It also provides benefits and pricing not previously available for smaller agencies.

It does this by providing standard terms, pricing and licensing conditions for Microsoft products.

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Who this arrangement is for

Non-corporate Commonwealth entities must use this arrangement when they’re buying Microsoft products.

Corporate Commonwealth entities can choose to use this arrangement when they’re buying Microsoft products.

Government Business Enterprises can’t use this arrangement.

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Products and services included

Microsoft products and services are grouped into 4 categories called ‘enrolments’. The enrolments may include similar products but each enrolment has different terms and conditions.

These are:

  • Core Desktop Licensing (CDL) Enrolment
  • Agency Enterprise Enrolment
  • Server Cloud Enrolment
  • Select-Plus

The CDL Enrolment includes the most commonly used Microsoft products:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Windows
  • client access licenses

The other 3 enrolments include the following products and services:

  • server licensing
  • some desktop applications
  • online services except for Microsoft Office 365
  • other Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Azure, CRM Online and Microsoft Intune

They also include Specific Online Services which are:

  • Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise E3, E4 and E5
  • Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Mobility Suite
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Using this arrangement

For CDL products

Agencies using this arrangement must buy CDL products and services from the DTA. We buy and manage these products and services on behalf of the Australian Government.

For non-CDL products

Agencies using this arrangement must buy non-CDL Microsoft products and services from Data#3.

This is because Microsoft does not sell its products directly. Instead it uses certified partners and resellers. We’ve signed an agreement with Data#3 to act as the sole provider (known as the Licensed Solutions Provider) for government agencies using this arrangement.

Data#3 provides the following:

  • quotations
  • licensing advice
  • licence key distribution
  • invoicing
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Policy information

The Microsoft VSA is an agreement between Microsoft Operations Pte (Singapore) and the Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).

This is the 3rd version of the VSA. It started on 1 July 2016 and ends on 30 June 2019.

It is part of the Australian Government’s ICT Coordinated Procurement Contracting Framework Initiatives.

Government buyers who use this arrangement must still comply with the following policies and processes:

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Get in touch

For CDL products

You can send questions to or call 02 6120 8705.

For non-CDL products

You can send questions to Data#3 at or call 1300 232 823.