Department of Human Services’ arrangement with Telstra
On Monday 25 June 2012 the Minister for Human Services announced his Department’s $474 million agreement with Telstra. The agreement is a culmination of a procurement process that the Department commenced in 2010 and incorporates the use of two coordinated procurement panel arrangements established by the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance) in 2011.
As part of the agreement with Telstra, Finance has entered into a $115 million five-year arrangement with Telstra for the provision of data services to Human Services through the Internet Based Network Connection Services Panel (IBNCS). Another component of the agreement with Telstra is an arrangement for the provision of mobile carriage services through the Telecommunications Commodities, Carriage and Associated Services Panel (TCCAS).
Savings of around $50 million, over a period of four years, are to be returned to Government through the use of the IBNCS panel arrangement. The arrangement Finance has entered into with Telstra will significantly contribute to achieving this target.