Tasmania sets out simplified tenders

By Paul Hemsley Tasmanian Finance Minister has made a renewed push to help local businesses win public sector contracts after the state’s Department of Finance launched simplified contractual templates for both buyers and sellers into the government market. The new tender documents replace unpopular paperwork that businesses had complained was too onerous, confusing and time-consuming […]

Building security culture at SIG

The annual Security in Government (SIG) Conference, hosted by the Attorney-General’s Department, is to be held from 3 – 5 September at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The SIG Conference, now in its 24th year, began as a meeting of Agency Security Advisers in 1987. Today it has grown to become one of the leading […]

Queensland mounts contractor fraud crackdown

By Paul Hemsley Contractors working on building projects who fib in statutory declarations face prosecution and up to three years jail under a Queensland government crackdown on bogus statutory declarations. The swoop comes as state authorities get tough on suppliers to the government who submit false statements claiming that they have discharged all their obligations […]

Grappling with the world of contract governance

By Lilia Guan   In the public sector, at the local government level recording and notification of upcoming contract-related events is currently a manual process, prone to error and de-prioritisation.   Where suppliers’ invoices are lodged electronically into the accounts payable system, visibility of charges is typically lost.   Also there’s no formal mechanism to […]

Managing risk in IT contracts

By Lilia Guan   The recent bankruptcy filing of Kodak Eastman showed that even well established companies are susceptible to financial problems. This means that government agencies must factor in risk management with all of their IT contracts – no matter how long the vendor has been around for.   Ovum Australia public sector IT […]


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