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Canberra's open source policy stumbles on compliance

itnews - The Australian Government's latest commitment to open source software has been undermined by patchy compliance by the agencies it informs.

While the Government's revised guide urged agencies to consider cost, customisation, end-user training, reliability, lock-in and license obligations when choosing between proprietary and open source software options, already there are examples of non-compliance with the policy.

Despite the guide instructing agencies “to insert a statement into any Request for Tender that they will consider open source software equally alongside proprietary software”, no such statement was published in Austrade's recent request for tender (RFT) for an Online Recruitment System (C11/0403).