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ABSIA submitted to the NSW's ICT Procurement Taskforce consultation on 7 August 2020. 

In this submission, ABSIA outlined a number of recommendations for the NSW Government including that they should:

  • Define sovereign procurement as involving all Australian companies whether they are internationally owned or Australian owned and operated;
  • Follow the SME procurement approach recently outlined by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO);
  • Outline the reasons why an SME was not chosen for a procurement contract; 
  • Publish reports on the amount of contracts awarded by business type and amount spent to assess the effectiveness of their approach;
  • Review strategies and policies annually;
  • Have a dedicated office for establishing and maintaining relationships with industry; and 
  • Improve internal information sharing and develop better relationships with professional and industry associations. 

A copy of this submission can be accessed here.