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Defence calls first of three tenders for IT and telecommunications panels.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

Liberal Senator for Tasmania

08 Feb 2000 PARLSEC 12/00


Defence will call for bids this week to specify, document and manage information technology and telecommunications requirements in the Department.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Senator Eric Abetz, said the Department would issue a Request for Tender for the Project Specification and Project Management Panel for Defence's IT and telecom needs.

Availability of the Request for Tender will be advertised nationally tomorrow (9/2).

The document aims to establish a standing offer arrangement for the provision of specialist expertise in the definition of Defence requirements.

"The Request for Tender is the first of three that Defence will be releasing to define, supply, install and help operate IT and telecom systems in the Department," Senator Abetz said.

"It is the culmination of extensive consultation within Defence and with industry since 1998 and follows formal workshops, presentations and informal briefings."

A draft version of the Request for Tender was released in December 1999 for industry comment. More than 400 copies of the draft document were distributed.

"Industry initiatives reflected in the actual Request for Tender include a minimum level of local content of 70 per cent," Senator Abetz said.

"A minimum level of involvement for small to medium enterprises of 10 per cent of work contracted (increasing each year that the panel operates), plus a requirement for opportunities to be provided for small to medium enterprises.

"These initiatives reflect the Government's commitment to actively involved Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Defence.

"The Department looks forward to receiving formal bids from interested companies

within about six weeks of release of the Request for Tender," Senator Abetz said Further information:

On-line documentation may be obtained at

Parliamentary Secretary's Office- Jane Wagner 0407 100 521 Departmental - Peter Breitkopf (02) 6266 5046 or Doug Williamson (02) 62665302

Ends: Contact: Senator Eric Abetz 0418 136 208

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