Telstra picks up parliamentary work

The department responsible for providing services to the Australian Parliament in Canberra has signed an AU$800,000 short-term contract with Telstra for voice services.The contract disclosed this week by the federal government's contracts reporting system lasts from just today until 30 September this year.

The department responsible for providing services to the Australian Parliament in Canberra has signed an AU$800,000 short-term contract with Telstra for voice services.

The contract disclosed this week by the federal government's contracts reporting system lasts from just today until 30 September this year.

Neither Telstra nor the Department of Parliamentary Services returned calls enquiring about the contract.

The news comes as several of the department's one-year telecommunications contracts with Telstra and other carriers have recently expired at the end of June, according to disclosure documents posted on the department's Web site:

  • Optus (Communications services, AU$429,008)
  • PowerTel (Communications services, AU$213,107)
  • AAPT (Telephone account, AU$170,870)
  • Telstra (Telephone and Internet charges, AU$1,373,593).


ZDNet Australia has been unable to confirm if the expiry of these contracts is related to the new Telstra deal.

The department also has a telecommunications facilities management contract with Telstra that commenced in February 2001 and is due to end in Februay 2008. That deal was worth AU$1,726,929 for the year from July 2005 through June 2006.