This Best Practice Procurement Guide has been developed to promote a balanced working relationship for the government procurement of ICT products and services, mainly via negotiation over standard form procurement procedures and agreements. It is provided as a reference document for government users, to assist in ensuring that procurement occurs in the most efficient and effective manner. In particular, this document promotes processes and positions intended to protect government interests on the one hand, and the risks of reduced competition, increased costs and of not achieving the best procurement outcome on the other.
The guide has been developed by the members of the AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association) Legal Special Interest Group. Each member of the AIIA Legal SIG that contributed to this document is a highly experienced lawyer in their own right and has undertaken this project to provide a balanced view of government procurement.
The (AIIA) is the peak national body representing Australia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry, representing over 400 member organisations nationally including hardware, software, telecommunications, ICT service and professional services companies. Our membership includes: global brands such as Apple, Avanade, EMC, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, PwC, Deloitte, Canon and Oracle; international companies including Telstra and Optus; national companies including, Data#3, SMS Management and Technology, Technology One and Oakton Limited; and a large number of ICT SME’s.