Information and Communication Technology

Our government information and communication technology (ICT) team has extensive experience in working with Australian Government agencies on complex and sensitive ICT procurement projects. As a result, we have gained a deep understanding of government ICT policy and initiatives, industry practices and key areas of risk for agencies in ICT contracting.

Our government and public sector expertise has been developed through drafting, negotiating and advising on contractual arrangements for outsourcing, systems development and implementation, cloud computing including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, procurement strategies, performance and vendor management, risk management and software licensing.
We advise in relation to a range of matters including IT procurement projects, the technology aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, cyber security, data and privacy issues, IT restructuring, and the monetisation of captive IT assets.

BasicsCard project

Advised the Department of Human Services on the introduction of the new BasicsCard – the Australian Government’s income management point of sale card solution. We assisted with the approach to market documentation, evaluated tender responses and prepared the final contract with the preferred tenderer, and advised on procurement, contracting, GST and regulatory issues and engagement with stakeholder agencies.

National Health Reform Business Information Systems Program

Advised the Department of Health and Ageing in the implementation of the National Health Reform Business Information Systems Program. The project involved multiple approaches to market, the engagement of multiple vendors (including hardware, software, managed services and data transformation services), vendor integration and complex IP issues. We also advised the Department in relation to issues concerning delivery of the solution.

ASIC information technology refresh (STAR) program

Assisted the Australian Securities and Investments Commission with multiple projects within its IT refresh program — procurement of service oriented architecture, multiple systems integration projects, significant hardware and software purchases and the establishment of various panel arrangements.

ATO Perfomance incentive toolkit

Prepared a performance incentive toolkit for and provided associated training to the Australian Taxation Office.  The toolkit provides guidance to ATO legal and procurement staff on incentivising vendor performance and reducing procurement costs.