Further to Premier's Memorandum 2004-02 (New Arrangements for Government Media Monitoring) and Premier's Department Circular 2005-05 (Broadcast Media Monitoring), a tender for a sector wide press clip service will be released early in the new year.
The press clip service will be a hard copy service and restricted to significant Government issues. The service will be provided to all Ministers' Offices and agencies. All orders will be placed by Premier's Department, based on portfolio keywords. Premier's Department will liaise with agencies regarding keywords and agencies should advise Premier's Department Media Monitoring Unit of the appropriate media contact in their organisation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2006.
The service will cover suburban and regional press. As outlined in Premier's Memorandum 2004-02, agencies should ensure arrangements are in place to provide their own internal metropolitan print monitoring.
In accordance with Premier's Memorandum 2004-02 agencies should not separately engage commercial organisations for press clip monitoring services once the new arrangements are in place. In the meantime agencies should continue with their existing press clip provider on a month-by-month basis and no new agreements should be entered into.
The new arrangements are consistent with the Government's policy of achieving savings across the public sector.
Col Gellatly Director-General