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Question Without Notice No. 722 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 June 2019 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

PUBLIC SECTOR COMMISSION — CROWDICITY CONTRACT

722. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

Madam President, I am sorry I was not immediately available; I was just dealing with a troublesome constituent!

I refer to contract PSC86626 issued to Crowdicity, a United Kingdom–based firm, by the Public Sector Commission for the provision of an idea management system solution.

(1) Was the Premier or anyone in his office briefed on this issue before the PSC went to tender?

(2) If yes to (1), who was briefed and on what date?

(3) If no to (1), was the Premier or anyone in his office briefed prior to the awarding of the contract?

(4) If yes to (3), who was briefed and on what date?

(5) Can the Premier advise whether the awarding of this contract to a UK-based firm is consistent with his local jobs act?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The Public Sector Commission advises the following.

(1) No formal briefing was provided.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) No formal briefing was provided.

(4) Not applicable. A note on idea management system solutions was included in the estimates hearings file for the recent estimates hearings.

(5) The contract is compliant with public sector procurement policies and procedures, and the process was supported by the Department of Finance. For the member's information, under the previous Liberal–National government, at least five agencies had, or continue to have, contracts for idea management solutions with a total value of more than $930 000. Details are publicly available on the Tenders WA website. Other agencies may have had similar contracts for under $50 000 and therefore contract details are not included on Tenders WA.

Examples from Tenders WA include: Landgate, $265 000 awarded to Crowdicity, UK, on 21 December 2016, with expiry in 2022; Department of Finance, $80 340 awarded to CommunityPeople, UK, on 22 July 2014, with expiry in July 2018; Department of Fire and Emergency Services, $314 362 awarded to Brightidea, USA, on 21 February 2017, with expiry in May 2022; Department of Fire and Emergency Services, $59 000 awarded to Brightidea, USA, on 13 November 2015, with expiry in November 2016; Department of Transport, $93 100 awarded to Global Solutions, Canberra, on 1 July 2013, with expiry in June 2017; and Main Roads, $118 503 awarded to Brightidea, USA, on 21 December 2015, with expiry on 21 December 2016.