A contract with Telstra for a major upgrade of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s (ACBPS) telecommunication infrastructure, including secure new networks and phone systems, has been signed.
The contract is for an initial five-year term with the option to extend for another four years. Its value will be almost $56 million over the initial five years.
The upgrade will help ACBPS meet expected increases in passengers and trade by improving the quality of its interactions with stakeholders in industry and the broader community.
Chief Technology Officer at ACBPS, Randall Brugeaud said the arrangement would provide the telecommunications infrastructure required to underpin the Customs and Border Protection business and would ensure ongoing support for its existing telecommunications arrangements at a significantly reduced cost.
“Improving information technology systems was also a key recommendation of the recent Australian Public Service Capability Review into the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and this contract is an important step toward realising that goal,” Mr Brugeaud said.
He said the contract made use of the Government Telecommunications Panels managed by the Australian Government Chief Technology Officer.
“All Agencies governed by the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 must use this as part of the Coordinated Procurement Contracting Framework, as well as the Australian Government Telecommunications Arrangement,” he said.
Edition 377, 3 September 2013