CSG nabs Ultranet front seat

Darwin-based IT services firm CSG has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the Victorian Department of Education's Ultranet project to build an accessible information repository for schools.

Darwin-based IT services firm CSG has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the Victorian Department of Education's Ultranet project to build an accessible information repository for schools.

CSG said that the up to $60 million, four-year contract would be signed within the next two to three weeks. This outcome ends a long saga of looking for an appropriate software firm to complete the work.

In 2004, the Victorian Education Department started a research and development program to produce a proof-of-concept student-centric ICT centre to support online teaching and learning. After finding no commercial ICT system that matched the Department's requirements, the department talked to Oracle Australia.

The department signed a research agreement with the firm in 2004 out of which came the Students@Centre portal. From January 2006, Students@Centre was trialled at 12 government schools in Melbourne with around 630 teachers, 10,000 students and 300 parents. That proof of concept was decommissioned in March 2007.

Since that time the department has gone out to tender for a permanent solution, a contract which CSG has now won.

The company also announced that it had won a contract in Western Australia, with the Department of the Attorney General and the Department of Corrective Services, to become the sole provider of what it described as strategic information management and IT project services.

The total contract value will be up to $3 million over three years, with two one-year options to extend.