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FOR MEDIA 1 August 1995

Government enters electronic marketplace.

The Commonwealth’s move to introduce Electronic Commerce took a giant step forward today with the launch of the Government Electronic Marketplace System (GEMS) by the Minister for Administrative Services, Frank Walker.

Introducing the new service at a function in Canberra, Mr Walker said electronic commerce held great promise for the modernisation and simplification of government purchasing.

GEMS is one of the first electronic commerce initiatives being introduced by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Mr Walker said the service was the forerunner for a far more advanced electronic marketplace which would start to operate in 1996.

“The new technology means that all businesses, including small and medium sized enterprises that haven't done business with the Commonwealth before, now have direct access to information on government purchasing,” Mr Walker said.

GEMS is an electronic bulletin board service that provides information through the Internet about government tenders, dates for government auctions and a range of material about government databases. The service will also list special one-off purchasing opportunities like the truck tenders for the Defence Department's Kangaroo '95 exercise.

By the end of next year, suppliers will be able to use GEMS to make on-line requests for tender documents and to lodge their tenders in an electronic tender box.

Mr Walker said that for businesses that are not on the Internet, industry associations, chambers of commerce, regional Government Telecentres and some local libraries would be able to provide the information on print-outs.

“It’s up to government and to the business community to see electronic commerce introduced in a way that’s welcoming, manageable and equitable," he said. “It would not be in the best interests of the Government, or Australia, to see people left behind.”

GEMS is administered by Purchasing Australia, a business unit of the Department of Administrative Services.

Media contacts: Claire Tedeschi Alison Abernethy Mr Walker’s office DAS

(06) 277 7600 (06) 275 3626