Australia – Fujitsu and Defence enter into new ICT Partnership

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, Dr Mike Kelly has announced Defence has taken another step in its Strategic Reform Program with the announcement today that it has entered into a new contract with IT product and services giant, Fujitsu.

Dr Kelly said Fujitsu has been engaged by Defence for the consolidation and provision of Defence’s central information and communications technology support services.

The announcement follows a successful evaluation process of those companies who responded to the Request for Tenders release in January 2010 and subsequent successful negotiations with the preferred tenderer, Fujitsu.

Dr Kelly said the initial term of the contract will be for a period of three years at an approximate cost of $151.3 million for routine operational services.

Dr Kelly said that Defence’s suppliers will have a significant role to play in delivering Defence’s strategic sourcing objectives, including improving services and reducing complexity and costs.

„Within a few years Defence aims to have fewer suppliers of ICT services. However, those suppliers who are selected as key strategic partners will have increased responsibility and the opportunity to contribute directly to Defence’s business outcomes“, Dr Kelly said.

„I encourage the ICT industry to actively participate in these Defence initiatives“, he concluded.

Media Contact:
Elyse Gatt (Mike Kelly): (02) 6277 4840 or 0437 502 246
Defence Media Liaison: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia