Brisbane tech companies recognised as industry front runners

By Ruth McCosker -
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Brisbane is quickly becoming a front runner for providing IT services to the Federal Government with recent procurement changes favouring small-to-medium enterprises over the big players.

Spring Hill-based digital company Speedwell and Fortitude Valley company Liquid Interactive were recently jointly awarded a major IT project to build the Federal Government's digital mental health gateway.

The Australian Government Head to Health website launched in October, 2017.

Assistant Minister for cities and digital transformation Angus Taylor said while the government received project tenders for from all over Australia, a lot more were now coming from outside of Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales.

“That’s why we’re particularly pleased that this one, that’s been such a success, has come from Brisbane,” he said.

“This is a fantastic example of federal government working with private sector service providers, not only providing a fantastic service to the Australian community but also helping those companies to grow.”

After recent changes, the government is aiming to spend $650 million of its $6-9 billion annual IT budget on small-to-medium enterprises.

Commonwealth IT contracts have been capped at $100 million and or three years allowing smaller players, such as Speedwell and Liquid Interactive, to bid for larger projects.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor was in Brisbane on Wednesday to visit Speedwell.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor was in Brisbane on Wednesday to visit Speedwell.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor was in Brisbane on Wednesday to visit Speedwell.
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Mr Taylor said Brisbane had changed dramatically from when he lived in the city in 1985.

“The change today of what Brisbane is versus back then is phenomenal and one of the parts of that is there is the entrepreneurial IT services sector,” he said.

“I’m very confident we will have a strong cluster of robust fast growing IT service companies here in the coming years and we can play a role in helping that to happen.”

Speedwell CEO Bruce Young said winning the gateway project was their biggest success in 20 years.

“This was a major contract for our two companies. We employ around 40 people each, so in the scheme of government suppliers we’re relatively small and this proves that we can punch above our weight,” Mr Young said.

Mr Taylor said upcoming improvements as a result of the government’s spend on IT will include upgrades to websites like MyGov, Centrelink and the Australian Tax Office.

Brisbane tech companies can visit Digital Marketplace to view open tenders.

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