Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner has announced awarding of a contract worth $25 million over four years for the provision of systems integration services to support the evolution of the australia.gov.au website to EDS. This is a key element of the Government's online strategy.
The project will be funded under the Australian Government Online Service Point (AGOSP) Program and managed by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.
In a recent speech to the eGovernment Forum @CeBIT Australia, Mr Tanner quoted results of a recent survey that showed more Australians than ever are dealing with government online. However, he also noted that there’s a gap between what the government provides and what citizens want.
He mentioned that one of the projects aimed at tackling this issue is redevelopment of the www.australia.gov.au site. The site will be relaunched very early in 2009 and will incorporate a single sign-on for users who want to deal with government online. This single sign-in (to be delivered as part of the EDS contract) will enable people to access all government services or accounts from a single website, and using a single log-in that will be recognised by all agencies.
The enhanced australia.gov.au will meet tough security standards, and in the interest of safeguarding individuals’ privacy, services offered through australia.gov.au will be strictly opt-in.
It was announced recently that EDS had accepted a merger proposal from HP valued at US $13.25 billion ($14.23 billion) which is expected to close in the second half of 2008. In Australia, HP will establish a new business unit called EDS and no leadership changes as expected with EDS CEO Ronald Rittenmeyer retaining his position, but reporting to HP CEO Mark Hurd.
This contract will boost EDS' Federal Government business that was worth almost $50 million (by value of contracts reported) in 2006-07.