New suppliers frozen out of Canberra’s $15bn tech panel again

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

An overhaul of the federal government’s Digital Marketplace has been pushed back to late 2024 to evaluate a flood of new applicants and allow agencies to update their procurement processes, frustrating budding new suppliers.

The latest delay to Digital Marketplace 2.0 puts it a year behind schedule and continues the freeze on adding new suppliers to the panel arrangement that has facilitated more than $14.9 billion in government contracts to date.

“What it essentially means is for any new business that has been established post March 1, 2023 that operates in the ICT services or labour hire space is dead in the water until this is finalised,” says Michael Godwin, cofounder of Canberra-based digital services firm Jude.

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