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Victoria’s government announced Friday that it will invest $9.5m over four years to set up a cloud services marketplace and a secure telecommunications network for government

Victoria’s government announced Friday that it will invest $9.5m over four years to set up a cloud services marketplace and a secure telecommunications network for the public sector

Victoria’s state government announced the VicConnect programme Friday in a move that will see it invest $9.5m over four years to transform the way the state’s public sector procures ICT services and manages its telecommunications networks.

The Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said the programme will create a government cloud and a government ICT marketplace from the existing Telecommunications Purchasing and Management Strategy (TPAMS), which was established over a decade ago.

It also plans to develop a secure private data network so the government’s infrastructure can securely connect with services procured from the cloud marketplace.

“VicConnect will create a marketplace for technology services by providing access for multiple suppliers to government ICT spending. This will increase the choice of services available to departments, increase competition between suppliers and drive innovation and better value for money outcomes for government,” Rich-Phillips said.

“The strategic aim of the VicConnect Program is to reduce the cost of telecommunications services and allow Victorian Government departments to access new, inexpensive and powerful technologies – including cloud services, mobility devices, and other ICT services – that will enhance government service delivery,” he added.

The process of assessing the capacity of various government departments to manage the organisation is already underway, the government said, as well as identifying the correct person to oversee the programme’s implementation.

The programme, modelled in part after the UK’s G-Cloud framework and the Public Services Network (PSN), comes a year after Australia’s government introduced rules for government agencies in an attempt to streamline guidelines for the procurement of cloud-based services within the public sector and encourage their uptake.

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