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2000-01 Budget: Government initiative in competitive tendering & contracting in the Australian Public Sector.



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Minister for Finance and Administration

THE HON JOHN FAHEY MP

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2000-01 Budget-Government Initiative in Competitive Tendering & Contracting in the Australian Public Sector

 

 

The Federal Governme nt has announced in the 2000-01 budget that the Department of Finance and Administration (DOFA) and the Office of Asset Sales and Information Technology Outsourcing (OASITO) will jointly implement the market testing of Commonwealth activities and services, commencing with corporate services.

 

This initiative will result in Commonwealth agencies accessing, through Competitive Tendering and Contracting (CTC), private sector expertise in areas including h H uman r R esource s S ervices, financial services, records management, and facilities and accommodation management . and records management

 

CTC is a tool that is routinely used by Commonwealth agencies as a means of improving their efficiency and effectiveness.

 

The market testing of corporate services provides C ommonwealth agencies with greater access to world class expertise and methodologies and it reinforces the Government’s commitment to achieving the best possible value for each taxpayer dollar it spends in delivering services.

 

The partnerships formed between Commonwealth agencies and the private sector as a result of market testing will also provide significant opportunities for industry development and Australian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which are expected to gain a substantial share of the business flowing from CTC activity.  They will also benefit Australians through increased innovation resulting in improvements to the quality and delivery of services to the Australian public.

 

DOFA and OASITO will share joint responsibility for CTC market t esting of corporate services.  This joint responsibility builds on their respective strengths and experiences in order to assist agencies to adopt a whole-of-Government interaction with industry.

 

Canberra

9 May 2000

Contact: Paul Edwards, Press Secretary, (02) 6277 7958 or 0412 005 589

 

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