DIMIA lays out plans for $600m technology spend

DIMIA lays out plans for $600m technology spend

Embarking on a major renewal of its IT infrastructure, the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) is putting about $600 million worth of procurement contracts up for tender.

According to a statement, up to $500 million of the projected contracts would cover existing IT services. A further $100 million would cover new technologies to support the Global Systems Environment program, including business process management and thin clients.

The funding would also cover a new biometrics procurement contract.

DIMIA deputy secretary, Bob Correll, said the overhaul was in line with the recommendations of the recent Palmer Report, which called for improved access to skills and project management capabilities, as well as an improved approach to servicing client needs.

A spokesperson for the department said there were a minimum of eight IT procurements up for tender over the next five years. These are currently being maintained by CSC, Optus and recruitment firm, Paxus.

"DIMIA is seeking a range of partners," he said. "This may include people providers, IT infrastructure services, telecommunications providers and technology vendors to support our IT platform modernisation program.

"There may be additional IT procurements depending upon the outcomes of reviews underway and pilots being conducted by the Global Systems Environment."

The next tender up for grabs will be for the provision of people and project services, currently looked after by Paxus. This will be issued on September 26.

A further four contracts will go up for tender in June next year and June 2007, the spokesperson said, with the newly established biometrics contract scheduled in the last quarter of this year.

Potential providers would need to qualify through the Endorsed Supplier Arrangement Scheme.

A special briefing on the upcoming procurement opportunities will be held in Canberra on September 27.

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