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WA department renews $34 million IT services deal

by Pallavi Singhal •
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A $33.8 million deal between Western Australia’s Department of the Attorney General (DotAG) and Ajilon for applications systems support shows that big ICT deals are not exclusive to the Federal Government.

Services provided under the five-year contract will also extend to the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) which has a shared services arrangement in place with DotAG.

The deal covers ongoing maintenance, support and upgrades to 37 corporate and business systems used by the two bodies, including Human Resource Management software, the Financial Management Information System and Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriage applications.

The majority of the systems are based on .NET, Microsoft and Oracle technologies “however, applications may be added or removed during the life of the contract,” added a spokesperson from DotAG.

The deal also includes the provision of project work, including system development.

“It is envisaged that the main focus in system development will be towards upgrading systems to ensure that they are not reliant on superseded technology,” said the spokesperson.

Ajilon is the incumbent supplier of applications systems support services and project services to the Department under a $28.5 million five-year arrangement that expired in April 2013.

The contract with Ajilon is likely to have been partially funded out of the $31.6 million that DotAG received in the 2012-13 budget for “the structured upgrade and ongoing support of existing business systems and improved integration of systems across the organisation”.

Of this, $9.6 million was capital funding for business and corporate systems projects, and $22 million was dedicated to ICT infrastructure upgrades.

DCS received a separate allocation of around $25 million for ICT systems and infrastructure upgrades and extensions in the 2012-13 budget.

Release of Western Australia’s 2013-14 budget has been delayed due to the State election earlier this year. It is expected to be handed down sometime in early August.

DotAG’s Corporate Services Directorate is responsible for the provision of support services to DCS and a number of other bodies including the Solicitor General and the Law Reform Commission.

In 2012 DotAG’s corporate services provision to DCS included contract management services worth $4.6 million and corporate support worth nearly $11.6 million.

In addition to the recent deal with DotAG, systems integrator and managed services firm Ajilon is on a number of WA public sector panels, including:

Ajilon is the sole provider of application support and maintenance services under the SPIRIT framework to WA Police, in an $85 million deal that has a final expiration date in January 2019.

Ajilon’s primary public sector market appears to be in WA, but the firm has also won a number of deals with Federal agencies.

Recently awarded contracts include two deals with the Australian Taxation Office for IT contractor services, worth a total of nearly $1.5 million, and a $180,000 deal for the provision of business administration services to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Ajilon is also on the Victorian whole-of-government eServices panel and the South Australian Government’s eProjects panel.

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