Media release: $500 million awarded through Digital Marketplace providing significant boost to SMEs
The Hon Stuart Robert MP
The Australian Government today announced over $500 million in digital services contracts have been awarded through the Digital Marketplace, reaching a significant milestone as part of the government’s ICT procurement transformation efforts.
Minister for Government Services, Stuart Robert, said the Digital Marketplace is one of the most successful examples of digital transformation making it easier for small and medium Australian companies to do business with government.
‘To date, more than 1,800 opportunities have led to more than $500 million worth of contracts being awarded through the Digital Marketplace, providing a significant boost in opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs),’ Minister Robert said.
‘I am pleased that we have been able to support Australia’s SMEs in securing more than 70 per cent of these contracts to date, worth over $300 million.
‘There are now more opportunities than ever before for SMEs to access and secure government contracts for digital services, which are driving innovation and competition. User feedback also continues to shape improvements to the platform, resulting in new capabilities and enhanced user experience.’
Minister Robert said the Digital Marketplace has focused on a user-centred approach and has simplified contracting arrangements, making it easier for buyers and sellers to come together and find innovative solutions to meet their sourcing requirements.
‘We now have over 280 entities using the Marketplace, and more than 1,400 approved suppliers,’ he said.
‘ICT procurement transformation has made government open-for-business, encouraged competition, increased participation from SMEs and reduced the time it takes to source - to the benefit of government, industry and the taxpayer.’
For more information about the Digital Marketplace, visit: https://marketplace.service.gov.au/