The ICT SME Participation Scheme (the Scheme) is a new requirement for Queensland Government procurement of information and communications technology (ICT) products and services. The Scheme replaces the former Industry Development Statement (IDS) scheme in Information Standard 131. It has a specific intent of assisting ICT Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) gain greater access to the Queensland Government market.
A number of objectives were established for the Scheme to guide its practical application. These objectives are:
- a transparent and objective process;
- an auditable, accountable process;
- easy incorporation into Agency level ICT Tenders and Contracts; and
- consistency with other relevant SME Taskforce recommendations.