Welcome to the Commonwealth Government Information Technology and Communications (GITC)
contractual framework home page. The GITC is a framework of standard legal
documentation that has been developed in cooperation with industry
representatives and government.
GITC is designed to assist government buyers and industry suppliers to develop
contracts for the supply of information and communications technology (ICT)
products and services in the most efficient and effective manner.
Notice to all users of the GITC Contracting Framework
Latest version of GITC (version 4.1)
In light of the cessation of the Endorsed Supplier Arrangement (ESA) and the GITC4
head agreement, policy changes concerning capping of supplier liability and
ownership of intellectual property and other ICT procurement developments,
GITC4 has undergone a minor update to ensure continued and effective operation
for Australian Government agencies and the ICT industry.
This update is designed to address impacts of policy and program changes into
account and offer consistency with SourceIT
model contracts where possible. Over time, it is possible that
GITC4.1 will be replaced by 'SourceIT' branded ICT
contract solutions - in the form of model contracts, clauses or other support
The previous version (GITCv4) is available at the Archives page of this site.
For more information please contact the SourceIT helpline (02) 6215 1597.
National ICT Contractual Framework
The Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) presented the first
phase of the National Information and Communications Technology Contractual
Framework (NICTCF) for endorsement by the Australian Procurement and
Construction Ministerial Council (APCMC) at its 14 September 2007 meeting.
The first phase of the NICTCF has resulted in agreement on consistent clause
headings, sequencing and agreed terminology in procurement contracts. It helps
bring consistency to standard contractual issues and their location in a
contract without impacting on jurisdictional procurement strategies or specific
Discussion on the second phase of work for the framework is underway within the
cross-jurisdictional working group and the Department of Finance and
Deregulation is considering the most effective and efficient alignment
strategy for SourceIT model contracts and other ICT
A PDF copy of the Framework is located on the APCC website.
AGIMO also has a limited supply of hard copies of the Framework Charter. Please email
Endorsed Supplier Arrangements (ESA) cessation
On 29 November 2006, the then Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Deregulation,
announced that the ESA would cease immediately.
The establishment of a new ICT Multi Use List was also announced. This online
resource will provide an efficient and effective mechanism for suppliers of
ICT products and services to interact with government agencies. Use of the ICT
Multi Use List when procuring ICT products and services is not mandatory, but
may assist agencies to locate suitable suppliers for ICT procurements. The ICT
MUL allows agencies to conduct select tender procurements. Details of the ICT
Multi Use List are available through the website at https://www.tenders.gov.au/ictmul.
Work is underway to identify the impacts on GITC4 arising from the cessation of ESA.
In the interim, it will be important to review any terms and conditions
relating to the ESA head agreement that may continue to be a requirement for
any particular ICT procurement. In this review, account will also be taken of
relevant policy changes, including those related to capping supplier liability
and intellectual property (referred to below).
Capping supplier liability
On 15 August 2006, the Department of Finance and Deregulation issued Finance
circular 2006/3 Limited Liability in Information and Communications Technology
Contracts. This circular articulates the Government’s policy on capping
liability when agencies enter into ICT contracts.
On 16 August 2006, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the
Arts released the Guide to limiting supplier liability in ICT contracts with
Australian Government agencies and associated quick reference publication.
These documents were prepared after extensive public consultation, and within
the context of the Australian Government procurement policy framework.
On 11 May 2007 the then Attorney-General (the Hon Philip Ruddock MP) released the
Statement of IP Principles, under which agencies would be encouraged to develop
individual intellectual property (IP) management frameworks reflecting their
own needs and objectives, consistent with other relevant Australian Government
policies and requirements.
Update - SourceIT model contracts
The SourceIT model contracts provide templates for
Australian Government agencies to develop sound commercial agreements
efficiently and effectively. It is expected that this will encourage good
business practice and minimise the risk of conflict
and disagreements between agencies and suppliers.
The detailed legal terms suggested in the model contracts have been developed
through extensive consultation with agencies and industry. The contracts are
flexible enough to allow inclusion of project-specific details.
While the model contracts do not necessarily remove the need for professional legal
advice altogether, they will simplify the preliminary stages of agreeing terms.
The initial suite of model contracts (version 2 released 28 May 2007) address:
- Hardware Acquisition and Support;
- Licence and Support of Commercial off-the-shelf Software;
- Licence of Commercial off-the-shelf Software (without support); and
- IT Consultancy Services.
For more information on the SourceIT model contracts,
please go to SourceIT
Background - GITC Review
The GITC4 framework was reviewed in the light of changes to the general procurement
environment since its initial development. The review showed, among other
things, that there was a strong interest in some form of model contracts for
use with government ICT procurement.
The Government announced the following actions arising from the review
- First, a series of model contracts would be developed that were tailored to the
different elements of ICT procurement, such as hardware, software
development, software licensing or managed services. Specific needs in
relation to open source software would be considered in this process.
- Second, the GITC web site would be redeveloped to improve its user-friendliness
and to enhance support to users of the model contracts.
- Third, during the period of implementation of these outcomes, the
Helpline would be maintained to support those using the GITC.
View a copy of the two-page explanation of the
outcomes of the GITC review.
This website will provide relevant updates and information relating to the
redevelopment of GITC arrangements.
For further information, please contact the Helpline