CAUDIT negotiates with ICT vendors on a sector-wide basis to derive maximum mutual value. CAUDIT ensures that members have a good understanding of future technology roadmaps and works with its Members, AARNet, the AAF and other partners to ensure that its services and roadmap continue to remain relevant and add value for the sector.
CAUDIT has formal approval from the ACCC to carry out procurement negotiations. CAUDIT is funded by Member contributions and does not take a share of any procurement offer to Members.
CAUDIT’s focus on strategic procurement enables significant savings to members across the higher education and research sector. Collectively, CAUDIT member institutions spend approximately AU$2.5B on ICT products, services and salaries annually. The benefits of CAUDIT’s strategic procurement efforts include improved value for money due to economies of scale, greater leverage in the marketplace to influence product development and direction, and sector savings in procurement staff resources.
Strategic Procurement is called out as a Strategic Activity within the CAUDIT Strategic Plan:
“CAUDIT will work with vendors to deliver value to members by leveraging their collective spending power, as well as building strategic partnerships to enhance the value of the relationship members have with the vendor community. To facilitate this CAUDIT will: negotiate collective procurement arrangements…; work with members and vendors to derive maximum mutual value…; and work with strategic vendors to ensure that members have a good understanding of the future technology roadmaps so that members can make sound strategic investment decisions…”
Procurement priorities are determined by the CAUDIT Member Representatives and the Strategic Procurement Committee.
Financial Impact of COVID-19
CAUDIT has published an open letter to all IT vendors working with the sector. The letter highlights the ongoing financial concerns impacting the sector, and a request for our partners to work with us at this time. Universities Australia provided a update on job losses and the financial impact on the sector on 3 February 2021.
Resources for ICT Vendors
CAUDIT has developed a convenient way for ICT Vendors to register their interest in working with CAUDIT to provide strategic procurement value to our members:
As part of CAUDIT’s strategy around Strategic Procurement, a full-time Director Strategic Procurement is employed to negotiate on behalf of CAUDIT members and to manage existing agreements. The Director reports to the Chief Executive Officer, as well as taking advice from the Strategic Procurement Committee.
The Director Strategic Procurement is:
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