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In other government ICT news this week, 08 October 2012

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The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has elected to stay with its incumbent supplier Macquarie Telecom for the provision of secure internet gateway services to the Department and its 11 client agencies, under a scheme to consolidate the number of gateways in operation across the Federal Government from 124 to just eight.

DAFF has not disclosed a value for the contract, which has yet to appear on AusTender. However its previous gateway contract with Macquarie was worth just over $4 million for a five year term and the company’s Managing Director of hosting Aidan Tudehope told the Australian Financial Review that the deal would be worth “multi-million dollars per annum”.

To find out which lead agencies will outsource their gateways and which will keep them in house, click here.

The Queensland Government has appointed Mary Goodwin as its new Chief Procurement Officer, to oversee an annual expenditure of “$6 billion annually on goods and services and $4.5 billion on capital assets/works,” according to the Brisbane Times. Goodwin will replace Evelyn Jelliffe. A spokesperson for Housing and Public Works Minister Bruce Flegg told the newspaper that Goodwin’s appointment follows a targeted executive search.

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has advised Computerworld that Federal Government agencies are “expected to have their external facing ICT systems IPv6 capable by [the end of] December 2012”.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has pushed back a whole suite of ICT approaches to market, according to updated agency procurement plans. The delayed procurements include:


The DHS has also followed up its Express Plus Students mobile application designed for recipients of Youth Allowance payments, with a second one targeted at job seekers. Human Services Minister Kim Carr says that the Express Plus Students app has already been downloaded 55,000 times since it was launched two months ago.

ITWire reported that Adam Internet has been awarded a ten year contract to supply backup data centre services to South Australia’s Department of Health, which will assist in the operation of the State’s Electronic Patient Administration System (EPAS).

The Reserve Bank of Australia has spent $734,000 with US firm Prolexic Technologies, for protection against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

IT Newsreports that the University of Sydney is in the midst of a pilot run of a virtual app store which is accessible from student’s own devices.

The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism is looking to recruit a new senior executive to lead its Corporate Services Division.

Related Articles:

DAFF to release internet gateway tender late in September

Getting a foot in the door of the South Australian ICT market

Queensland Government gets a new ICT department

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