ICT Contract Capped Term and Value Policy

This page contains the official details and a record of the ICT Contract Capped Term and Value Policy.

DTA circular number: 2017/001

To all Non-corporate Commonwealth Entities (NCCEs) subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act):

Effective 23 August 2017 all NCCEs must limit any new ICT contract to not exceed $100 million (ex GST whole-of-life cost) per contract or three years initial term.

Exemptions from this policy can only be granted jointly by the requesting NCCE’s Portfolio Minister and the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation when a NCCE can demonstrate a special need for an alternative arrangement.

Contracts that will automatically be exempt from this policy are those:

Key points:

ICT Contract Capped Term and Value Policy principles

The Policy complements the CPRs in their entirety, and directs entities to comply with the following core principles.

Principle 1

Australian Government ICT procurement process must encourage competition and consider the potential benefits of having a larger, more competitive supplier base.

Principle 2

Extension options must not be exercised without having first undertaken a review of the contractor’s performance and/or deliverables in accordance with the contract. Each extension option must not exceed a contract’s initial term.

Principle 3

Entities’ contractual commitments must be consistent with paragraphs 10.30 and 10.31 of the CPRs.


If you have any questions regarding this policy, please send an email to ictprocurement@dta.gov.au

Or read our policy guidance for ICT contract capped term and value policy