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Amazon Awarded $39M Gov Contract For Cloud Services

The Australian government has awarded Amazon a three-year contract worth almost A$40 million to provide cloud computing services to federal, state and territory government departments and agencies.

The whole of government deal gives departments and agencies, public universities and government owned corporations “seamless” access to Amazon Web Services (AWS), following the Australian Cyber Security Centre giving Amazon approval to carry protected government data earlier this year.

AWS will also be used to power the 2021 Census after IBM bungled the first online Census in 2016.

Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert said the new whole of government volume sourcing agreement will streamline processes and reduce the number of individual contracts, giving government agencies better pricing, terms and conditions.

“Government agencies regularly engage AWS services, each with separate contracts.

“The new arrangement represents an opportunity to provide cost reductions through efficiencies of scale,” Minister Robert said.

While the new contract has gone to an overseas tech giant in lieu of a local business, Minister Robert said small and medium enterprise Australian businesses can still vie for contracts to assist government implementation of cloud-based services through the Digital Transformation Agency’s Cloud Service Panel.

The panel is for suppliers who provide software, platform, infrastructure, cloud and consulting services, as the government seeks to “transform ICT procurement to make it simpler, clearer and faster for agencies and industry to transact services”.

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