Buying Software

Use the Software Marketplace to buy commercial off-the-shelf software  

What is the Software Marketplace?

The Software Marketplace is where you go to buy your commercial off-the-shelf software and services. 

It is a group of suppliers (172) that are grouped into 26 classes of software and 6 service classes, who can do business with government to provide you with your software needs.

For example, some of the software classes available to you include Financial and Accounting, Database Management, and Geographical and Geospatial Information Systems.

The Software Marketplace is underpinned by the software licensing and services panel. The standing offer notice ID number for this panel is SON3490955.

Who is Software Marketplace for?

The Software Marketplace can be used by non-corporate commonwealth entities (NCCEs). It is not mandatory for government entities to use.

Other organisations that can use the Software Marketplace include corporate commonwealth entities, other Australian government bodies, state and territory government agencies and local government councils.

If you are uncertain about whether you can use the Software Marketplace, email us at

What are the benefits of using the Software Marketplace?

The Software Marketplace aims to make buying and selling software and services simple, clear and fast for buyers and sellers.  It also means SMEs will have the opportunity to be direct panellists.

We are continuing to improve the marketplace and welcome any feedback you would like to share with us.  We will engage with our buyer and seller communities in more formal arrangements throughout the year seeking your feedback. In the meantime, if you have feedback you would like to share, we would love to hear it at

How to use the Software Marketplace?

The Software Marketplace lives on the ICT Procurement Portal. To buy from the Software Marketplace you’ll need to register yourself first.

If you get stuck or have a question, please get in touch with us. 

How much does it cost to use the Software Marketplace?

The DTA uses a central administration fee (CAF) for use of the Software Marketplace. The fee is 2% of the value of any contract over $25,000 and is capped at $200,000.

We invoice the fee 1 month after contract date.

Policy information

The Software Marketplace standing offer period started on the 2 March 2018 to 30 April 2022.

Government buyers who use these arrangements must still comply with the following policies and processes:

The panel is part of the Australian Government’s information and communications technology (ICT) coordinated procurement contracting framework initiatives

Get in touch

If you have any questions you can send an email to or call 02 6120 8705.