Procurement and Supply

Increasingly, businesses are examining the benefits of strategic management of their procurement activities. As companies look at ways to cut costs, leverage economies of scale and grow profits in competitive markets, many are turning to improved supply chain management to give them the edge. Strategic sourcing is a way of achieving better prices and service standards, streamlining procurement and implementing better supplier management structures in order to deliver better value to the business.

MinterEllison has extensive national and international experience and expertise advising on technology procurement and supply transactions, having assisted our clients with some of the largest and most important projects in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. These include projects in the banking and financial services, energy, infrastructure and resources, aviation, government, health, construction, property and telecommunications sectors.

We are experienced in dealing with challenging procurement projects with complex process or outcome issues, including mission critical multi-vendor and multi-jurisdictional projects. Our team is often involved in advising on the entire lifecycle of these projects, from their inception through to tendering, transition, contract management and disengagement.

OneSky: Airservices Australia Air Traffic Control Futures Systems project

Advising Airservices Australia on the procurement of a replacement air traffic control system (OneSky) for the whole of Australia. Airservices Australia is working closely with the Department of Defence, with the joint objective of realising harmonisation between civilian and military air traffic control systems and operations.

Queensland Health Payroll System Proceedings

Acted for the State of Queensland in proceedings filed in the Supreme Court of Queensland against IBM Australia Ltd arising out of the $1.2 billion Queensland Health pay-roll and rostering computer system implementation failure.

Lloyds Banking Group Australian data hosting agreement

Acted for Lloyds Banking Group in a long term data hosting and access agreement with Hewlett-Packard Australia.

ASIC information technology refresh (STAR) program

Assisted the Australian Securities and Investments Commission with multiple projects within its IT refresh program — procurement of service oriented architecture, multiple systems integration projects, significant hardware and software purchases and the establishment of various panel arrangements.

BasicsCard project

Advised the Department of Human Services on the introduction of the new BasicsCard – the Australian Government’s income management point of sale card solution. We assisted with the approach to market documentation, evaluated tender responses and prepared the final contract with the preferred tenderer, and advised on procurement, contracting, GST and regulatory issues and engagement with stakeholder agencies.