The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) has contracted Accenture to work on the new National Crime Intelligence System (NCIS). The NCIS will offer law enforcement and intelligence agencies a unified picture of criminal activity across Australia, enabling such agencies to trace information and enhance public safety. More agencies are expected to be onboarded to NCIS later in 2022.
Accenture will provide ‘IT Professional Services’ over six months under a contract worth $3.6 million. The value of the contract is relatively small fry for Accenture, given that it has picked up over $212.3 million in new contracts in the first half of 2021-22 alone, according to Intermedium’s analysis of its Federal government contracts database.
Accenture’s contract is just a small slice of the $118.2 million investment for tranche one of the project. The funding was sourced from the Federal Government and the National Policing Information Systems and Services Special Account. No funding has been allocated to further tranches of the build as yet.
The previous iteration of the system, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Database, was introduced in 1984 and had well and truly reached ‘end of life’ in 2014, prompting ACIC (part of the Department of Home Affairs) to launch an overhaul of the system.
In 2017, ACIC launched a two-year trial of a pilot system featuring 800 beta testers from law enforcement and regulatory agencies. and in
2020, Home Affairs shifted from NCIS's in-house infrastructure to Microsoft Azure ‘protected level’ public cloud. to ensure that the system could cope with increasing demand. Azure was the first hyperscale public cloud to achieve the ‘protected’ level certification in , which allows agencies to host highly sensitive government data in Azure and Office 365.
This is the latest in a series of high-profile contracts that Accenture has scored with Home Affairs.
In September 2021, Accenture won several contracts to deliver the agency’s Permissions Capability platform, worth $58 million, and the Digital Passenger Declaration, worth $7.5 million.