Federal government prepares for 'GovERP' trial

Launches industry consultation ahead head of multiple approaches to market

Australian Parliament House, Capital Hill, Canberra, Australia
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The Department of Finance has announced an industry briefing to "prepare and educate" the market on the GovERP project before launching multiple approaches to market.

The Australian government through its Shared Services Program - a whole-of-government initiative - will consolidate and standardise the delivery of common corporate services through hubs, also called centres of excellence.

The program is standardising business systems and processes across the Australian public service by consolidating service provision from 85 internal service providers (including agencies that provide to themselves) into six hubs.

"As part of the government’s ongoing commitment to shared and common services, the Department of Finance is working with the Shared Services Provider Hubs to co-design a new GovERP initiative," the approach to market (ATM) read.

"The GovERP initiative comprises the design, development and trial of a common whole-of-government platform, which will deliver a range of standardised corporate and financial services."

The first phase of the project will include the prototype of a foundation enterprise resource management (ERP) platform for trialling across the Provider Hubs that already operate an SAP-based ERP. There are currently five hubs using an SAP-based ERP.

The core technology solution will be SAP/4 HANA along with complementary cloud-based products, which is the next phase of the project, when Finance will launch multiple ATMs to procure those complementary services.

The industry briefing is scheduled for 17 February.

In its 2018-19 annual report, FInance explained that in 2025, SAP will no longer actively support the ERP version in use, so the hubs will need to move to an alternative solution or pay a premium for maintenance.

"GovERP will allow the Hubs to invest once in a new ERP and share the asset, avoiding the costs of each hub investing separately for the same capability,” the report said.

"Costs avoided will be identified in 2019–20 as part of the detailed planning and implementation process. The onboarding of agencies to shared services arrangements will be influenced by the introduction of the common ERP—here is a need to ensure that agencies do not incur unreasonable costs by onboarding to the old technology."


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