In a move no one expected, the contract for the Permissions Capability platform is not one but four contracts, totalling $58 million. The contracts that give scant detail about Accenture’s work scope for Home Affair were published on October 15 2021.
Accenture’s win was widely promulgated in the press in July 2021, but the government only confirmed in September that it had chosen Accenture to develop the Permissions Capability platform and the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD)
The first of the four recently-published contracts is valued at $1.42 million and covers the co-design, provision and delivery of the whole-of-government (WofG) workflow processing capability.
Accenture will be paid $32.8 million for the permissions capability base platform, with the contract ending in September 2024.
The company will also receive $16.5 million for ‘third party component re-sale’ across the same period.
The Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) contract is worth $7.5 million. Home Affairs Secretary Michael Pezzullo confirmed at a recent Senate Estimates Hearing that the contract with Accenture had been signed in September. The DPD system will authenticate COVID vaccination certificates, making it an integral tool in reopening international borders.
Initial DPD capabilities will be launched in December 2021. From March 2022, the existing incoming passenger card (IPC) will be completely replaced by the DPD, and passenger data will be securely collected for use by public health authorities.
The four contracts were signed almost a year after the Approach to Market for the replacement of the abandoned visa processing platform.
Abandoning the Visa Processing Platform procurement cost the government almost $100 million.