There is an extensive 235 page "Statement of Requirements" available to tenderers. This not only includes the usual desktop PCs and laptops, but also Thin Clients, Ultra Mobile PCs, Netbooks, Ruggedised Notebooks and Mobile Thin Clients.
Tenderers are required to describe environmental aspects of their Tender, but no minimum requirement is specified for EPEAT:
Environmental Assessment: [State whether this Deliverable is registered in the Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool (EPEAT) or equivalent environmental assessment tool in Australia or overseas and the level attained by the Deliverable (eg Energy Star 4, EPEAT Silver)] [Provide environmental specifications stating the normal range of operation for the device (including but not limited to, temperature, altitude, humidity, dust, noise output, and heat output ...This contrasts with the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) Request for Tender for Provision of Desktop, LAN, Helpdesk and Midrange Services (RFT 0708-705, 7 August 2008), which required at least an EPEAT silver rating. This was possibly too much to ask of suppliers, but not asking for at least the minimum Bronze rating may be too little.
From: Request for Tender to establish a WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT DESKTOP HARDWARE PANEL, RFT FIN10/AGI001, Department of Finance and Deregulation, 1-Feb-2010
Green features required include: US ENERGY STAR 4.0, BIOS Support for Green and Plug and Play features and Support for Wake-on-LAN. There is no specific requirement for
recycling or environmentally sensitive disposal of surplus hardware.
Support for Linux is mentioned, along with Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Vista and Microsoft Windows 7.
Table of Contents Section Description Page PART 1 GENERAL 3 1.1 Structure of Statement of Requirements 4 1.2 Criteria Definitions 6 1.3 Structure of Requirements Statements 6 1.4 Integration of Deliverables 7 1.5 Occupational Health and Safety 7 PART 2 ABBREVIATIONS, ACRONYMS AND DEFINITIONS 8 PART 3 DESKTOP PC CATEGORY 16 3.1 Standard Desktop PC 17 3.2 Power Desktop PC 31 3.3 Workstation 45 3.4 Thin Client 59 3.5 Accessories 69 PART 4 MOBILE PC CATEGORY 71 4.1 Ultra Mobile PC 72 4.2 Netbook 84 4.3 Lightweight Notebook 96 4.4 Standard Notebook 109 4.5 Lightweight Ruggedised Notebook 122 4.6 Standard Ruggedised Notebook 136 4.7 Mobile Thin Client 151 4.8 Accessories 162 PART 5 MONITOR CATEGORY 163 5.1 19 Inch Monitor 164 5.2 20 Inch Monitor 170 5.3 22 Inch Monitor 176 5.4 23 Inch Monitor (If Available) 182 5.5 24 Inch Monitor 188 5.6 30 Inch Monitor 193 5.7 36 Inch Monitor 198 5.8 Accessories 203 PART 6 ASSOCIATED SERVICES CATEGORY 204 6.1 Warranty 205 6.2 Centralised Services 213 6.3 Transport 225 6.4 Installation 231
From: Part F - Statement of Requirements, Whole of Government Desktop Hardware Panel, Request for Tender FIN10/AGI001, Department of Finance and Deregulation, 1-Feb-2010