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QLD Department of Public Works gives industry a heads up on ICT procurement

by Katrina Elkington •
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The Queensland Department of Public Works has provided a rough sketch of where its $35.8 million operations budget will be spent in 2011, in a briefing to industry on 3 December 2010.

The DPW industry briefing outlined its ICT procurement intentions, designed to improve the department’s ICT security and overall efficiency. The briefing covered short and long-term projects, several of which are already underway.

Software procurement plans include the restructuring of the Building Environment Material Information Register (BEMIR), already in its early planning stages with a deadline of June 2011. The briefing also indicated that a number of small to medium software development projects could emerge within the next three months, with timelines and budgets yet to be determined. 

DPW’s hardware procurement plans herald lucrative opportunities for ICT vendors, including a redesign of the network architecture, anticipated to be an ongoing project. The department is also seeking a cabling infrastructure audit to be completed by October 2011.

The shared services provider CITEC will provide the DPW with the services required to complete the migration of all departmental ICT infrastructure to the Polaris data centre,  as well as the adoption of IDES services, and the management of Workstation replacements (Q2 2011). 

A number of minor projects requiring the procurement of IT service providers may emerge during the department-wide implementation of Windows 7, which is due to take place in 2011-12 and the development of an Integrated Workplace Management System scheduled to go live in Q3 2011.

At present, DPW’s systems and hardware consist of:

  • 5415 desktops, 471 laptops & 162 Win Mobile/ Blackberry Devices.   
  • 420 servers (virtual and physical) and 55TB of data storage.
  • Desktop environment: Windows XP SP3.
  • HP, Dell, Cisco Infrastructure.
  • Security Solutions: WebMarshall, MailMarshall, Checkpoint, Juniper, Sophos, Symantec, RSA, Steelbelted Radius.

DPW cooperates with other state government agencies to deliver services to the people of Queensland, with 91 network locations around Queensland and a $2.4 billion operating budget. The department is comprised of six commercialised business units and two shared service providers. Information Services Directorate (ISD) is DPW’s internal ICT service provider.

In the briefing DPW also identified a number of future challenges and opportunities including increasing service delivery opportunities, implementing whole-of-government requirements throughout the department, and the rationalisation of legacy applications and ageing infrastructure.

ICT opportunities for external vendors will be published on the Queensland Government marketplace website at, and Intermediumwill be providing analytical coverage of these emerging projects and DPW’s progress in regards to the Toward Q2 component of the strategic plan. 


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  • QLD
  • IT Services
  • Finance & Services
  • DPW
  • Polaris Data Centres