The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) appears to be ramping up preparations for an approach to market to renew both tranches of its IT infrastructure outsourcing arrangement. The Department recently published a contract for legal services associated with IT infrastructure services procurement.
DIAC currently outsources its IT from Unisys (IT service desk, end-user computing and secure gateways) and CSC (mainframe, mid-range and storage services). According to its procurement plans, the approach to market will take place between April and June 2012.
An investigation into CenITex by Fairfax has found that some IT contractors are earning more than $1000 a day at the agency, and that its IT contracting practices have drawn criticism from the State Services Authority, in a review that has yet to be made public. It says that the Victorian Government’s annual IT spend is estimated at $1.65 billion.
As prime contractors for Phase 8 of the Department of Defence’s JP 2030 project, CSC and Accenture will focus their attention on the Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) in Bungendore, NSW.
Outgoing Minister for Defence Materiel, Kim Carr, has said that he is “pleased that these companies were judged best to further develop the command and control system”. “This demonstrates the capability of the Australian Defence industry,” he said.
The Australian has reported that spending on the Federal Government’s Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) has reached $760 million, despite the project originally being budgeted at $467 million.
The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport has appointed 36 suppliers to its ICT Services panel, which will continue through to at least 2014.
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has ranked Australia second in terms of the national economies best prepared to support growth in cloud computing, thanks to factors including security, IP legislation and broadband deployment. Japan was ranked first.