Accenture lands another $8m for vaccine system work


Denham Sadler
National Affairs Editor

Accenture has landed nearly $8 million in new contracts to continue work on Australia’s vaccine data system, with the Ireland-based multinational now receiving well over $30 million in total  over 18 months.

The federal Health department posted three separate contracts with Accenture late last week for vaccine system work, worth a total of $7.9 million.

In late 2020 the previous Coalition government appointed Accenture as Australia’s data lead for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

The company was subsequently awarded a contract worth $6.7 million to develop and maintain a vaccine solution. The value of this contract has since quadrupled in value and is now worth $23.5 million and runs until the end of this year.

As part of this work Accenture developed software to track Covid-19 vaccines from arrival to injection, offering “point-of-time” visibility of doses. This solution was first delivered to the government in February last year.

Accenture has provided a vaccine ordering system to the Commonwealth since before the Covid-19 pandemic, and this service has since been adapted.

The most significant new contract is listed as being for “vaccine system integration and enhancements”, and is worth $5.44 million over the second half of this year.

The second contract runs for the same period of time and will see Accenture paid $1.564 million for “vaccine system support services”.

The company will also receive $812,900 over five months for a “portal and case management solution”.

Accenture has enjoyed a sharp uptick in federal government contracts over the last two years.

The company received an extra $62 million in Commonwealth-procured contracts in the 2020-21 financial year compared to the previous year, receiving a total of $371.5 million across more than 100 contracts.

Just last week it was revealed that Accenture will be paid more than $70,000 per day for its work on the tax office’s business register update. The company’s total bill for this work has now passed $196 million across a number of extensions and new contracts.

Accenture was first awarded a contract by the Australian Taxation Office in 2019 for the Modernising Business Registers program, which will see the consolidation of dozens of business registers into a new service to help businesses meet their obligations, make business information more trusted and improve the efficiency of registry service transactions.

Accenture was also behind the controversial Digital Passenger Declaration, which was scrapped by the Labor government earlier this month.

The Digital Passenger Declaration served to replace the Australia Travel Declaration for incoming travellers, and was the first test of Home Affairs’ new permissions capability project.

Accenture has won contracts worth more than $60 million for work on the permissions capability project and the Digital Passenger Declaration.

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