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Cost of paper file storage mounts despite digital transformation

by Angel Jemmett •
Free resource

Two major paper file storage contracts have been released by the Federal Government.

The first of the new contracts covers the storage of inactive records and digitisation projects for the Department of Veterans' Affairs. It is worth $6.31 million.

The second contract covers file archive storage for the Department of Home Affairs over three years and is worth over $54 million.

The contracts will both be delivered by multinational records and data management company Iron Mountain.

Iron Mountain has operations in every Australian state and territory. In 2016, it acquired Australian information management company Recall, its largest competitor at the time.

In 2018 then Minister for Digital Transformation Michael Keenan delivered a strategy to push Australia to become one of the top three digital governments in the world.

More recently, the Morrison government has announced $1.2 billion in funding to support the achievement of a fully digital economy by 2030.

Despite these ministerial pledges and initiatives, the release of these major contracts makes it clear that the government continues to store large volumes of paper files.

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