Six printers on $4.5m exam paper panel

Six Victorian printers will share in a $4.5m security printing contract to produce exam papers and results for statewide Victorian Certificate of Education testing.

ABnote Australasia, Print Media Group, On Demand, Rooster IMC, Sema, and Valiant Press have been named to the panel for the next three years with the option of two one-year extensions.

The contract includes the printing and overprinting of exam papers, results, certificates, exam labels and other materials for the state’s final year exams, along with their secure storage.

As with most panels, the printers will quote for jobs on an ad-hoc basis as they come up, some of which will need to be completed on-demand to tight deadlines.

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Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) statistical moderation manager Nick Dobroff says printers were selected for the panel on their reliability and security processes.

“The most important thing is for printers to reliably produce the materials when we need them, often on-demand at short notice, with assured security,” he says.

“We vetted their security processes to ensure they met our requirements and they needed to have previous experience in this area.

“There must be limited, controlled access to storage areas, no mobile phone access during production, and staff have to be vetted and sign declarations.”

OCA Group, which owns Rooster IMC, has a long history of education printing and boasts all Australia’s universities and 80 per cent of Tafes as its clients, which would have aided its recent acquisition in getting onto the panel.

On Demand’s work will presumably be done as part of the merged entity that is moving into the Mercedes Waratah building in September, assuming all goes well until the deal closes.

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