Four companies have been selected to tender for the role of Telecommunications Manager for the whole of the WA public sector.
Assisting Public Sector Management Minister George Cash said today the successful companies were Fujitsu Facility Management Group, Integrated Systems Solutions Corporation (ISSC) Australia, Pacific Star Communications Pty Ltd and Telstra Facilities Management.
He said the announcement completed the first stage of the Coalition Government's move to install a third-party telecommunications manager.
"The goal is to achieve the best value for money in the provision of a range of products and services by establishing a competitive telecommunications environment," Mr Cash said.
"Expressions of interest to tender were called for in July and attracted a strong response from national and international companies interested in prime or sub-contractor roles.
"Information on prospective sub-contractors will be passed to the four shortlisted organisations with a view to facilitating local industry development through the prime contractor."
Mr Cash said that since the close of expressions of interest in early August, the Public Sector Management Office team responsible for the project had been assessing respondents against specific criteria to determine their ability to undertake the variety of functions expected of the telecommunications manager.
These included the capacity to rationalise services provided to government departments and manage demand in a more effective and efficient way.
In addition, public agencies recently took part in a survey which identified current and future telecommunications requirements for city and country areas.
Mr Cash said the winning tenderer would be announced in December.
"The benefits of the changed structure are expected to flow through by early next year," he said.
Project manager Bjorn Gillgren said the WA public could expect to receive better service delivery as a result of improved Government operations.
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Bjorn Gillgren 222 8757