Macquarie Telecom takes lead on Aust government gateway program

Telecommunication and hosting company Macquarie Telecom has been selected to manage internet gateways and data services for a number of Australian government agencies.

Macquarie Telecom will manage internet gateways and data services for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and 11 other government agencies, as part of the government's Internet Gateway Reduction program.

The program is designed to reduce the number of internet gateways within government, in order to save AU$25 million in costs by 2014 , as well as improve efficiency and security. The government is aiming to reduce the number of gateways to eight from 124, over four years, from 2010 to 2014. In 2010, the government appointed eight lead government agencies to oversee the reduction.

DAFF is responsible for leading the gateway program for the following departments:

  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

  • Australian Antarctic Division

  • Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

  • Fair Work Australia

  • Bureau of Meteorology

  • Geoscience Australia

  • Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

  • Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism

  • Wheat Exports Australia

Macquarie Telecom has been signed on to manage gateways and data services. The company had originally just servicing DAFF in a deal worth AU$4.06 million, according to tender documents, but under the new arrangement, Macquarie Telecom would be responsible for the other 12 agencies also. The company said it was the first major outsourcing deal signed as a part of the Internet Gateway Reduction program.

The telco said it plans to invest an additional AU$14 million on Canberra capacity, networking, software, and product development as part of the deal.