Oracle signs AU$63M deal with Aust Dept of Defence

The Australian Department of Defence has signed a major deal with long-time tech partner Oracle for AU$63 million.

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has signed an AU$63 million deal with tech giant Oracle to provide a range of software to the department over the next four years.

Much of the DoD's key systems, including its HR systems, use Oracle software. The company said that the four-year agreement with Oracle for AU$63,018,832 will consolidate the department's existing investment in Oracle technology, and give the department the ability to acquire new systems. The department confirmed in a statement to ZDNet today that it has executed a Head Agreement with Oracle as part of its rationalisation and standardisation of its IT environment.

"Through the acquisition of additional capability, [the agreement] now provides Defence with the ability to satisfy the requirements of several strategic initiatives, including: Infrastructure for HR Sustainment; Document Records Management System (DRMS); and Data Centre Migration and Consolidation," the department said in a statement.

Former DoD CIO Greg Farr told ZDNet in an interview earlier this year that replacing the ageing Oracle HR systems is a complex task to undertake, but that there has been recognition within the department that it is something that needs to be done.

The news comes after Telstra revealed last month that it secured the billion-dollar contract for the DoD's new high-capacity terrestrial communications network.

The two projects will be the first big tasks undertaken by new chief information officer Dr Peter Lawrence , who started in the role today.