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Contract and tender news 2nd-9th May 2022

by Chris Huckstepp •
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Contracts, tenders, suppliers and agencies catching Intermedium's attention  2nd - 9th May 2022


Two strong leads for data solution providers are evident in recent contracts and recent heavy activity in cloud, hardware, and cyber security continues. The dollars keep rising in Federal’s most amended contract (now at amendment 234!), and a Tasmanian contract provides an equally strong reminder of how useful incumbency can be.

Suppliers in the news this week are: Protiviti, Efficiency Leaders, SAS Institute, AllaboutXpert Australia, DXC Technology, Macquarie Telecom, Datacom, Aris Zinc, AWS, Deloitte, Infront Systems, Spectra Logic, SAP, Accenture, Permeance Technologies, Zer01, Instructure Global, SpinifexIT, Gammer Consulting, Data#3, Cisco, Correct Communications

Agencies in the news this week are:   

Federal: DAWE, ASD, ATO, Home Affairs, IP Australia, DFAT, CSIRO, Services Australia, DoH, AFP. 

NSW: iCare, DPC, RFS, Education, DCS, TfNSW. TAS: TasTAFE.




  • iCare is developing a new digital and data strategy with the assistance of Protiviti under a $225,000 contract (4600003213) set to expire in June 2022. Any procurements identified in the strategy are likely to go to market in 2022-23. However, iCare hasn’t been shy on procurement activity in the past few months. Intermedium reported in February 2022 that iCare picked Hyland Software to provide Content Services Platform as a Managed Service under a $35 million, eight-year contract (4600003170). This week, the agency posted contracts for Efficiency Leaders to provide Invoice Process Automation software under a $249,000 contract (4600003212) to expire in March 2023, and SAS Institute to provide SAS Software and AWS Hosted Managed Services under a $918,000 contract to expire in December 2022 (4600003156).  
  • The ACT Data Analytics Centre has issued a notice to the Digital Marketplace seeking proposals from ’suitably qualified supplier[s] to inform a sourcing strategy for a future whole of government data ecosystem’ (21365).
  • The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet has contracted AllaboutXpert Australia to guide the development of the new Aboriginal Affairs Data Insights Unit. The $243,000 contract (45509630) commenced in March 2022 and finished on 6 May 2022. Aboriginal Affairs collaborates with communities to promote social, economic and cultural wellbeing for Aboriginal people. Industry providers of data tools and capabilities are likely to be needed to support the new agency in effectively meeting these goals.


  • Federal’s most amended contract (CN179354) just keeps on keeping on. Posting amendment number 234, the DAWE’s ‘Provision of outsourced IT services’ contract with DXC Technology began in 2009 with EDS and has since weathered company mergers and acquisitions and the DTA’s cap on high-value contracts which was introduced in 2017. The most recent amendment to the contract, which is now worth $460.5 million and expires in June 2023, was for $23.6 million.

DXC Technology had a separate contract published in the week, for network infrastructure with the Australian Signals Directorate worth $2.7 million (CN3870686).

  • Frequent amendments to Federal Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) Services contracts are still occurring. Most recently, the ATO posted the ninth amendment to its $45.5 million contract with Macquarie Telecom (CN3649834) for SIG services, up from an original value just over 19 million. The three-year contract is set to expire in December 2022. The ATO is one of four agencies conducting Cyber Hub pilots. These Cyber Hubs will be responsible for SIG arrangements in the future.
  • The ATO also amended its ‘Provision of Tax Practitioners Board Managed Services’ contract (CN3587606). with Datacom, increasing its value by $2.3 million The $7.8 million contract expires in March 2024 and supports the Board in its role to register and regulate Australian tax practitioners.
  • Aris Zinc has almost doubled its IT Professional Services contract (CN3798547) with the Department of Home Affairs. The amendment added $3.5 million to the contract taking its total to $7.5 million. Aris Zinc offers services in recruitment, consulting and payroll and has signed over $100 million in total contract value with Federal agencies over the last five years (including contracts from ArisTech, Aris Consulting and Aris Zinc), according to Intermedium’s market intelligence platform. Home Affairs is Aris Zinc’s largest client by contract value over this timeframe.

  • While in theory contracts let under AWS’ Whole of Government (WofG) contract with the Digital Transformation Agency are not meant to be posted, AWS had two three-year contracts posted in the week: A $6.8 million contract with IP Australia entitled ‘AWS 2.0 Enterprise Arrangement’ (CN3869286), and a $2.4 million contract with NSW Rural Fire Service titled ‘AWS Private Pricing Addendum (VMware)’ (CON_2757).

  • The NSW Rural Fire Service signed a $273,500 contract with Deloitte to support its computer aided dispatch (CAD) project (CON_2759). The contract for’ Phase Three’ covers further embedding the system within the agency, adding dispatch consoles, rolling out to more districts and adding further connections to the Inter CAD Emergency Messaging System (ICEMS). The contract expires in September 2022.  

  • The end of financial year hardware rush continues. Two contracts between Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Infront Systems were published in the week: A $5.5 million contract for ‘IT Hardware’ to expire in 2024 (CN3869440); and a $4.9 million contract for ‘Data Domain Capacity and Object Storage’ to end in 2025 (CN3869441).   The CSIRO published a $3.7 million computer hardware contract with Spectra Logic (CN3870611) for expiry in June 2027.  

  • German software giant SAP had two major contracts posted: A $4.2 million contract (CN3870606) with CSIRO for cloud software to expire in March 2027; and a $3.8 million contract (CN3868906) with Services Australia for professional services to expire in September 2022. SAP is in the top ten of Federal suppliers over the last five financial years, having done over $860 million direct business with agencies, according to Intermedium’s market intelligence platform. 

  • The Federal Department of Health (DoH) has selected Accenture to implement an Enterprise Identity and Access Management Solution under a $3.2 million contract (CN3870647) to expire in March 2025. Accenture is DoH’s second biggest ICT supplier by contract value over the past five years (following Telstra) with a contract value just short of $162 million.  

  • Permeance Technologies and NSW Department of Education have entered into a $3.2 million contract (CW2230575) for digital services to re-platform the schools website service. The Department also posted a $265,300 deal in the week with Zer01 to provide ‘Professional Services – Assessment SAP and Associated Applications’ (DOE02989/22).  

  • TasTAFE has decided to keep incumbent Instructure Global as provider of its Learning Management System under a three-year $1.1 million contract (TasTAFE DS LMS). TasTAFE states in the notice that service continuity was important and that the costs of changing suppliers (including out and in) would be substantial.    

  • The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and ACT’s Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD) have both published contracts for Cisco products. AFP’s contract (CN3870893) with Data#3 for Cisco hardware maintenance services is worth $4.3 million and will expire in May 2023; the CMTEDD contract (HM-12964) with Correct Communications covers support and maintenance and expires in April 2025.   

  • NSW Department of Customer Service extended its SpinifexIT licenses for two years to support HR and payroll systems under a $865,000 contract (DICT/9750), and Transport for NSW has entered into a five-year $272,000 contract support (4200251300) with Gammer Consulting for Elastic storage including.  


  • NT is the latest jurisdiction looking to update its Election Management System having issued the market a Request for Information (RFI). With electoral integrity fears and outage issues dogging governments in Australia and overseas, jurisdictions are investigating how to improve the systems which underlie the democratic process. Issued by Department of Corporate and Digital Development on behalf of the NT Electoral Commission, the RFI will support the agency with its market research into potential replacement options for the current system.


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