FAQs for Strategic Interoperability Framework RFT

Responses for the Strategic Interoperability Framework RFT closed on Monday 26 June 2017, 11:00AM AEST. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call the Help Centre on 1300 001 901.


This page lists frequently asked questions to the Strategic Interoperability Framework RFT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: If a respondent is successful, would they be excluded from any future business, such as the implementation of any of the recommendations that come out of the engagement?

Answer: Respondents will not be excluded from any future business that is an outcome of this current process. However, the Agency is bound to ensure compliance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, and as such, another discrete procurement process may be conducted if an additional requirement is identified.


Question: Given that the contract timeframe allows for 33 working days in which to deliver the Current State Interoperability Analysis for all jurisdictions, Consultation Plan, and proposed Strategic Interoperability Framework, can the Agency provide some further information on the level of detail that will be expected in these deliverables?

Answer: Please refer to the RFT, which explains who the Agency considers should be consulted. The RFT asks that the tenderer provide the Agency further detail and advice.


Question: Can the Agency provide further information on what parties, from the list of audiences that need to be included, will be providing endorsement or agreement that the requested deliverables meet acceptance and success criteria?

Answer: The Agency, at its sole discretion, will determine the success of the deliverables.


Question: Can the Agency confirm the timeframe of the proposed work? The RFQ states the following: Any resultant contract is expected to commence on 17th of July 2017 and conclude on 30th of August 2017. Could you please clarify the dates are 17th July to 30th August 2017, i.e. 5 weeks?

Answer: Yes, the timeframe is 5 weeks in line with the outlined dates, 17th of July 2017 to 30th of August 2017. It is expected that the successful tenderer will have extensive experience in this area and therefore would be able to provide the Strategic Interoperability Framework within this timeframe.


Question: Does the timeframe of the contract identified in Section C. align to a pre-determined commitment by the Australian Digital Health Agency to present to other Government bodies the outcomes of the deliverables identified in Section B. Services?

Answer: No, there is no pre-determined time or deliverable with other Government Bodies for this work.


Question: I have been preparing a response for RFT0329, but note that the Schedule 3 response forms are only available on the website in PDF format. Can these response forms be available in Microsoft Word format to simplify the completion process?

Answer: Yes, we have now added the Word format. Please visit the Strategic Interoperability Framework RFT page to download.


Question: Can the Agency confirm whether they expect the respondent to identify the representatives for each stakeholder group to be consulted, or whether the consultation would be with existing Agency stakeholder contacts (e.g. peak bodies, existing forums) given the short period of time to engage?

Answer: The Agency has a list of stakeholders that you are able to draw from. We are seeking the successful vendor to advise the Agency if they have additional stakeholders they would consider essential to the success of the framework.


Question: Does the Agency have a reference or draft model already defined for the "component parts of an interoperable health ecosystem"? Or does this need to be produced anew and validated within the engagement period?

Answer: No, the Agency does not have such a draft or reference model, this is considered core to the delivery. It is considered the successful tender will reference their experience in having delivered this type of framework previously.


Last updated Thursday 22 June 2017.

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