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Australian government re-signs AWS for whole-of-government cloud deal

Australian government re-signs AWS for whole-of-government cloud deal
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Whole government Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been engaged with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), allowing all federal, state, and territorial agencies and departments, as well as public universities and government-controlled companies, to access AWS cloud services. Renewed for another three years.

The contract, effective May 1, will enable public sector customers to continue accessing AWS Cloud services, which they can purchase via DTA or directly from AWS. Based on tender documents, the contract is worth A$174 million.

For the first time, customers will also be able to purchase AWS Cloud services through the AWS Partner Network with companies such as PwC, Accenture, NextGen, Shine Solutions and Versent, according to what Iain Rouse, AWS ANZ Public Sector Manager, described as an “enhanced” agreement.

“By working with AWS partners, the government will further advance the development of Australian technology capabilities and help accelerate the digitization of citizen services,” he said in a blog post.

As part of the agreement, AWS said it will also work with the DTA and the Australian Public Service Commission to provide cloud training programs across government, while also continuing to provide access to AWS support services to businesses and professional services.

AWS first registered the contract in 2019, after DTA moved away from its previous provider, IBM. Since then, government agencies such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Geoscience Australia and Curtin University have benefited from the full government agreement with AWS.

As of December 2021, 125 AWS cloud services available in the Sydney AWS region have been awarded the Protected Level Certificate, the highest data security certification for public cloud services issued by the Australian government, through the Information Security Registered Resident Program, according to AWS.

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