DTA hands new contracts to BCG and Deloitte


Denham Sadler
Senior Reporter

Boston Consulting Group has landed a near $300,000 deal to provide whole-of-government ICT advice, while Deloitte will receive more than $400,000 for three weeks’ work on a new online portal, under new contracts with the Digital Transformation Agency.

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has been on a recent spending spree with consultants and private contractors, handing out six tenders worth nearly $2.5 million to large consultancy firms for a range of projects over the last two weeks.

Contracts revealed publicly late last week include to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) worth $273,600 for “whole-of-Australian-government ICT policy and governance”, running from 7 July to 21 August.

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Consulting fun: More contracts to Boston Consulting and Deloitte

The work will see BCG develop options and strategies for whole-of-government ICT and digital governance and investment policy reform, including a review of current arrangements, and develop a roadmap for future policy and governance.

“The project will identify policy opportunities to optimise funding arrangements for digital and ICT investments – to better support development and sustainment of shared capabilities, and more flexible approaches to resourcing for agile delivery,” the listing on the Digital Marketplace said.

“In addition, it will consider models and processes for good whole-of-government digital and ICT decision-making, to ensure robust governance of performance, risk, strategic alignment, architecture, investment planning, stakeholder engagement, etc.”

It is the DTA’s second contract with BCG revealed in recent weeks, with the consulting firm awarded a $396,000 deal over six weeks to “provide critical advice, products and services using a taskforce model to improve digital services for government”.

The BCG also worked closely with the DTA on the development of the COVIDSafe contact tracing app, receiving more than $600,000 for its troubles.

DTA boss Randall Brugeaud is a former BCG executive, working at the firm from 2008 to 2010, while ex-DTA chief strategy officer Anthony Vlasic left the DTA to join BCG in February.

Big four consultancy Deloitte was paid more than $400,000 over three weeks for “online portal design, development, testing and implementation”, with the work coming to an end at the start of July. The tender was posted publicly on 10 July.

It is unclear what this new portal is, and the DTA did not respond to a request for comment.

Deloitte is also leading the development of the new social media-inspired myGov update, dubbed GovDXP, landing a contract now worth more than $23 million for the build of the second version of the platform, known as “Horizon 1”.

The consultancy was also recently contracted by the industry department to build a new tech platform for the delivering of the research and development tax incentive.

The DTA also recently brought in other big four consultancy McKinsey to help with the development of a new visa processing platform on a near-$1 million contract, while KPMG landed a $100,000 deal to develop an “OECD business case playbook”.

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