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Digital Sourcing Framework for ICT procurement

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The first phase of the Digital Sourcing Framework went live in June 2018. It was previously called the ICT Procurement Framework. The new name reflects the broad definition of ‘digital’ and includes information and communications technology (ICT).

Digital is rapidly evolving and so over-arching that limiting the framework only to ICT would not cover everything it needs to.

For this reason the framework covers many areas falling under the digital umbrella. These range from policy, data and design, to build and maintenance, and digital marketing.

How government designed the framework

The Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) worked with representatives from a number of government agencies to design the framework. Together, they based decisions on extensive research and a public consultation.

In this spirit of co-design, they were committed to making sure the framework reflects the needs of buyers and sellers and it is aligned to our international obligations.

The principles of the framework

Under the framework, agencies remain responsible for buying their own digital products and services.

DTA developed best-practice principles to guide users when sourcing digital products and services.

These principles are encourage competition, be innovative and iterate often, and be structured in a way that lets small and medium enterprises (SMEs) compete fairly to provide components of large ICT projects. In addition, it also values being outcomes-focused, open standards and cloud first, minimising cyber-security risks, and avoiding duplication by not building platforms other agencies have already built.

The Digital Sourcing Framework is a set of principles, policies and guidance showing users how to buy digital products and services.

source: Digital Transformation Agency

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