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The GITC, initially established in 1991, is a set of terms and conditions that Australian Government agencies may use to create contracts for ICT procurement.
The changes to GITC will simplify and streamline the contracting process for Australian Government agencies and ICT suppliers.
The GITC4 framework was reviewed in the light of changes to the general procurement environment since its initial development. The review showed, among other things, that there is a strong interest in some form of model contracts for use with government ICT procurement.
The Government has announced a number of actions arising from the review.
First, a series of model contracts will be developed that are tailored to the different elements of ICT procurement, such as hardware, software development, software licensing or managed services. Specific needs in relation to open source software will be considered in this process.
Second, the GITC web site will be redeveloped to improve its user-friendliness and to enhance support to users of the model contracts.
Third, during the period of implementation of these outcomes, the GITC Helpline will be maintained to support those using the GITC.
It is expected the model contracts will be available for use by 31 May 2006, current arrangements will continue until that time. The use and need for the model contracts will be reviewed in the third year of their operation.
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