THE Federal Government has put its hand up for input from the travel sector regarding an upcoming tender for its Whole of Australian Government (WoAG) travel contract.
While being explicit that it does not want direct business proposals submitted for the contract at this stage, with the current arrangements held by the Corporate Travel Management-owned QBT Pty Ltd (for Travel Management Services) and AOT (for Accommodation Program Management Services), the Federal Department of Finance felt it pertinent to canvass a range of views about how the next contract process should be managed.
The released consultation paper discusses a range of new options, while at the same time noting that the current arrangements have delivered many benefits for the government such as improved booking behaviour, discounted pricing, technology enhancements and greater reporting and oversight.
Regardless, the government would like to assess if any enhancements can be made under a new contract, kicking off a consultation phase aiming to engage a wide range of stakeholders including government travel teams, travel bookers and travellers, the travel industry, accommodation brokers and associated industry bodies.
It is anticipated that the consultation process will conclude at the end of September, preceding a tender process which will be evaluated in the first few months of 2023 before the formal awarding of the tender.
Meanwhile the consultation paper showed that the COVID-19 pandemic has had wide-ranging impact on the Federal Government’s travel requirements, with figures confirming travel spend in 2021 was $329 million, compared to $554 million for the 2019 calendar year.