ICT/Digital Sovereign Procurement Taskforce

Following public consultation, the Department of Customer Service has established the ICT Sovereign Procurement Taskforce to develop strategies and policies to diversify our ICT/digital partnership ecosystem and spend.
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The Taskforce will support:

  • enabling increased number of government supply opportunities targeting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the potential for increased spend on SMEs. This will include indigenous suppliers, start-ups and disability suppliers.
  • ensuring SMEs can compete on an equal footing in ICT and digital procurement activities.

It will focus on:

  • definition of sovereign procurement, in particular what is an SME
  • building a current baseline on ICT and digital sovereign procurement and spend
  • setting measurable targets for ICT and digital sovereign procurement and spend
  • barriers to achieving measurable targets
  • assessing effectiveness and target outcomes of current ICT and digital procurement initiatives
  • assessing effectiveness and target outcomes of current technology sector growth initiatives
  • assessing effectiveness and target outcomes of current social procurement policies
  • strategies and policies to bridge the identified gaps in achieving the targets.

The Taskforce will be chaired by The Honourable Victor Michael Dominello MP, Minister for Customer Service (or his delegate) and includes the following:

  • The Honourable Damien Francis Tudehope MLC, Minister for Finance and Small Business
  • Ron Gauci, CEO, Australia Information Industry Association (AIIA)
  • Rupert Taylor-Price, Chief Executive Officer Vault Cloud
  • Alex McCauley, CEO StartupAUS
  • Simone Scrase, Program Development Manager, BuyAbility
  • Mark Daniels, Executive Director Operations, Social Traders
  • Murray Hurps, Director Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit (UTS)
  • Debbie Barwick, CEO NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC)
  • Laura Berry, CEO Supply Nation
  • Michelle Price, CEO AustCyber
  • Chris Lamont, Small Business Commissioner
  • Deborah Young, CEO The RegTech Association
  • Ian Hudson, Executive Director NSW Industry Capability Network (ICN)
  • Alex Scandurra, CEO Stone & Chalk
  • Peter Bradd, Founding Director Fishburners and MD Rainmaking Innovation Aust + NZ
  • Jane Halton, AO PSM
  • Greg Wells, Government Chief Information & Digital Officer, Department of Customer Service
  • Mark Lenzner, Executive Director ICT / Digital Sourcing, Department of Customer Service
  • Jared Kendler, Executive Director Industry, Innovation & Precincts, Trade, Tourism, Investment and Precincts, NSW Treasury
  • Kylie Bell, Executive Director,Trade and Investment, NSW Treasury
  • Sue Woodall, Executive Director NSW Procurement, NSW Treasury
  • Ian Smith, Director Regional Development, Regional NSW

Further details on terms of reference and a draft timeline will be provided in the coming weeks.