Currently, startups and small to medium suppliers of digital services find it difficult to participate in Australian Government procurements for large scale ICT solutions. To make it easier for smaller businesses to compete for government’s $5 billion a year spend on ICT, the Turnbull Government is creating a Digital Marketplace.

Based on a successful UK model, the Digital Marketplace will be an online directory of digital and technological services for government agencies to procure ICT solutions from small to medium sized enterprises.

What is it?

The Digital Marketplace will result in a broader base of suppliers being considered, more competition, more innovation, and more jobs. As part of the programme:

  • The directory will break down large scale ICT requirements into individual components which scales down the procurement and allows for greater scope for innovation solutions.
  • Business suppliers of ICT software and hardware will be able to join the directory easily.
  • Government buyers will be able to easily search for services, identify suitable suppliers and procure the best value option for the project.
  • User-centred design methodologies and iterative development will be key.

When is it happening?

A prototype version of the marketplace will be available in 2016.

What to do

The experience of Ixis, an SME using the GOV.UK digital marketplace

Ixis is a technical agency specialising in Drupal services. They bid for local and central government contracts through the GOV.UK digital marketplace.

Ixis says since that being placed on version 1 of the GOV.UK digital marketplace framework in 2012, the benefits to their business have been wide reaching. They have generated more than £650,000 worth of public sector business and their staff numbers have increased by 50 percent.

Ixis says their participation in the digital marketplace has positioned them favorably in other markets by adding further credibility to their service offering. This has contributed Ixis receiving new business from private and third sectors.

 

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Information courtesy http://www.innovation.gov.au/