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The Australian Government Tender System (AusTender)
Institution: Department of Finance and Administration
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2000
Summary: AusTender, formerly known as the Commonwealth Electronic Tender System (CETS), is a web-based e-tendering facility operating as a pilot system. It provides for the publishing of Australian Government open business opportunities, download of tender documentation and upload of tender responses in a secure online environment. 
It is designed to focus on meeting government’s commitments to expanding e-commerce generally. Additionally, it aims to reduce the cost of dealing with government for small to medium enterprises and to increase opportunities, through improved access, for rural and remote suppliers.
Agencies currently employ a diverse range of tendering processes and systems ranging from traditional print and hardcopy processes, through to hybrid systems where tenders are available online and supported by associated print media advertising. Stakeholders require a system that is simple to use and manage, will meet probity requirements, and will reduce the cost of large-scale print media advertising.

Impact: Benefits to business include 24x7 geographically independent accesses to open business opportunities and tender documentation. Bid development time is increased and there is potential reduction in the cost of preparing and responding to government business opportunities.
AusTender provides potential for cross-agency savings in direct costs, improvements in tender and complementary processes. It provides a practical example of a shared and collaborative approach being adopted to achieve an improved whole-of-government service.

Source: Australia Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)
Project Home URL: http://www.tenders.gov.au

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