The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) has resigned as a lead agency under the Federal Government’s Internet Gateway Reduction Program, opting instead to utilise the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s (DAFF) agreement with Macquarie Telecom.
“The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet determined that Macquarie Telecom provided the best value-for-money from their approach to market,” Finance’s Pia Waugh told Intermedium.
“In the interests of efficiencies, PM&C decided to resign their lead agency status and align themselves with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.”
DAFF contracted its incumbent internet gateway services provider Macquarie Telecom following an open approach to market in 2012.
PM&C’s decision means that the arrangement will now cover around 50 agencies through the amalgamation of both DAFF and PM&C’s client agencies under the head agreement.
This announcement signals the finalisation of contracts for all eight original lead agencies, after the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service signed a $32 million contract with Telstra last week.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) recently announced its $15 million agreement with Verizon Australia over three years. AFP is responsible for four client agencies:
- The Australian Crime Commission;
- The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre;
- CrimTrac; and
- The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The Department of Defence has also selected Verizon for the provision of gateway services in a $55 million contract for itself and 10 client agencies.
The Australian Taxation Office has elected to continue sourcing internet gateway services from its incumbent telecommunications managed services provider Optus.
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Human Services have taken a slightly different approach and told Intermedium that they will manage their internet gateway infrastructure internally.
The final list of external suppliers providing gateway services to the Australian Government has been reduced to Macquarie Telecom, Telstra, Verizon and Optus.
Following the completion of the acquisition stage of the Internet Gateway Reduction Program, the seven lead agencies will now be responsible for establishing and managing shared internet gateways across their list of client agencies.
The Internet Gateway Reduction Program was developed in 2010 to reduce the number of gateways in use in Canberra from 124 to between four and eight. The program is aimed at reducing the risk of malicious cyber attacks against Government agencies as well as improving efficiency through centralised dealings with suppliers.
The program is expected to save $25 million for the Government by the end of 2014.
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