By Holly McGuinness
Technical procurement will be streamlined by the state government in an effort to help small to medium-sized businesses and organizations in Melton and Moorabool work with the government.
Public Services Secretary Danny Pearson announced that the government will tender to find a supplier to operate, maintain and enhance a new Digital Victoria Marketplace.
The platform will be centralized to allow Victorian companies to place bids on information and communication technology (ICT) contracts with the state government.
The initiative will streamline the delivery of ICT goods and services and also improve social procurement for businesses.
In the past fiscal year, the government spent $130 million on eServices and IT infrastructure through procurement contracts.
“The Digital Marketplace will give Victorian businesses and social enterprises better control over government contracts, which is good for jobs and the economy,” said Secretary Pearson.
The technology sector is a growing industry in Victoria with 270,000 employees. It is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.3 percent over the next five years.