QLD reviewing print management panel

The Queensland state government is putting its print management panel under the spotlight as part of its state-wide review of procurement practices.

The PIAA is meeting with the government over the issue. CEO Andrew Macaulay says, “The discussions we are having in QLD have significant importance to QLD printers, and is the second time we have had to protect their interests in this area.”

[Related: PIAA changes print awards]

Walter Kuhn, president of Printing Industries Association of Australia says, “The critical element in this review is to ensure that the government has direct engagement across the industry sectors”

“Printing Industries will be working on members’ behalf to ensure that the value of the printed material continues to be recognised amongst this critical sector”

The department responsible for the review has asked Printing Industries to gather feedback from members who supply the panel (877). In particular, the government is seeking advice from members on whether there are any inefficiencies in the model, as well as whether the current model works for their business.

As of next week, a print management specialist will be appointed from within government to review the current arrangements under 877. Printing Industries will be meeting with this person in early August.

The PIAA says the model for panel 877 has been reviewed and extended on numerous occasions since 2015. The current timeframe is that 877 has now been extended until January 31. The government has indicated its desire to continue consulting with relevant stakeholders in 2017, including PIAA and its members, to assist the government in determining the most suitable whole-of-government procurement model.

The panel comprises of four print management companies and they, in turn, source work from print suppliers via tender.

In the meantime, it asks that members who supply the 877 panel please provide their feedback on the current arrangement to Robert Hall-Boman by Friday August 4. Members with any questions or comments regarding this communication should contact Robert directly on (07) 3356 0022.

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