Five government departments and agencies have signed on to the Digital Transformation Agency’s cloud-transition program, with consulting giant Deloitte paid $600,000 for its brief work on the project.
Led by the DTA, the protected utility program aims to help public sector agencies transition tech infrastructure to cloud-based capability, with an aim to standardise this across departments in terms of communication and collaboration.
The program is based on Microsoft 365, with the blueprint was developed in partnership with the Microsoft and its reseller partner NTT Australia.
Late last year, Deloitte was awarded a series of contracts as part of the protected utility project, worth a total of about $600,000 over two months.
Agencies that have taken part in the cloud-transition program now include the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), the Bureau of Meteorology and the DTA itself.
Deloitte was awarded contracts related to work with these agencies, including $203,500 over two and a half months for “change management” at the AEC and ANAO, and $127,670 over one and a half months for “benefits realisation” at the ANAO.
The program involves the assessment of the agencies’ existing cloud readiness and ability to transition to the new blueprint, along with cloud connectivity, training, security advice and assurance.
Deloitte has enjoyed a lucrative relationship with the DTA in recent times, winning a contract now worth nearly $30 million to develop a new beta version of the myGov platform last year.
In the 2019-20 financial year Deloitte won six DTA contracts worth more than $25 million, after only being awarded two contracts worth $623,000 in the previous financial year.
Ernst and Young had previously won a number of contracts as part of the protected utility program, worth about $350,000. This work included reviewing the blueprint, defining the “modern workplace” and discovery work at the Department of Parliamentary Services and AEC.
Deloitte had also previously won a $100,000 contract to conduct a capability uplift ‘discovery sprint’ for the Australian Public Services earlier last year.
The DTA also recently handed Deloitte rival KPMG a $1 million pay rise for its contract for “subject matter expertise” for transformation and improvement of government digital services, with this work now running until the end of April at a cost of $2.6 million.
KPMG was also recently awarded a contract with the DTA to conduct an “economic models case study”, worth $42,000 for six weeks of work.