Buying ICT products for government
The Microsoft Volume Sourcing Arrangement 3 makes it easier for government agencies to buy Microsoft software and services.
What is the Microsoft VSA3?
The Microsoft Volume Sourcing Agreement 3 (VSA3) makes buying Microsoft software 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 software.
Who is this for?
Non-corporate Commonwealth entities must use this arrangement when they’re buying Microsoft software.
Corporate Commonwealth entities can choose to use this arrangement when they’re buying Microsoft software.
Government Business Enterprises are not able to use this arrangement.
Products and services included
Microsoft products and services are grouped into 4 categories called ‘enrolments’. These are:
- Core Desktop Licensing (CDL) Enrolment
- Agency Enterprise Enrolment
- Server Cloud Enrolment
The CDL Enrolment includes the most commonly used Microsoft software:
- Microsoft Office
- client access licenses
Products and services in the other 3 enrolments include:
- server licensing
- some desktop applications
- Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise E3, E4, E5 and Mobility Suite
- other online services
- other Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Azure, CRM Online and Microsoft Intune
How to use this arrangement
For CDL products
Non-corporate Commonwealth entities who want to buy CDL products must do so through the DTA.
We buy and manage these products and services on behalf of the Australian Government.
For non-CDL products
Non-corporate Commonwealth entities who want to buy non-CDL products must go through Data#3.
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:
- licensing advice
- licence key distribution
The Microsoft VSA3 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:
Get in touch
If you have any questions or want to buy CDL products, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 6120 8705.
To buy non-CDL products, email Data#3 directly email@example.com or call 1300 23 28 23.