New Cloud Marketplace — approach to market deferred

30 March 2020

We were scheduled to approach the market in March 2020 to establish a new Cloud Marketplace (CMP 2.0). The new CMP 2.0 arrangement was to replace the current Cloud Services Panel (CSP) which hosts almost 500 cloud services from over 240 sellers.

We have decided to defer our CMP 2.0 Request For Tender (RFT) until at least June 2020 due to the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented disruptions being faced by most workplaces.

Interested parties should note this deferment and points below.

Operational continuity with current CSP

We will continue to operate the current CSP arrangement (SON2914302), as extended to 31 March 2021. The recent extension, along with some new operational improvements will ensure continuity for current sellers and their government buyers:

The CSP will continue to operate to its original scope and specifications under the cloud computing reference architecture, defined by the US-based National Institute for Standards and Technology — the NIST definition.

Existing CSP sellers may continue to propose to add new cloud offerings or update their current cloud services, subject to the scope and requirements of the current arrangement.

We have ceased the CSP Administration Fee — also known as the Supplier Administration Fee or SAF — and from April 2020 will no longer charge it to sellers.

We will continue to implement planned improvements to the cloud services catalogue and related reporting requirements to address stakeholder feedback.

No new sellers can join the current arrangement as per the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs).

More Information

More information on the current CSP arrangement is available from our Cloud Services page.

For questions about this information specifically, please contact the Cloud Marketplace team.

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