By Nathan Dukes
The Western Australian Government has resigned a multi-million dollar contract with CSC Australia for the provision of IT infrastructure services to its justice agencies.
The Department of the Attorney General and the Department of Corrective Services have re-appointed CSC Australia to deliver a comprehensive range of services, including help desk, network security and infrastructure supporting the courts and prisons applications.
The contract also supports the Department’s computer links with WA Police and Department of Transport.
CSC held the contract before it was opened to competitive tender when the previous contract ended recently. Around seven other vendors applied for the tender.
The initial term of the contract is for five years. Expenditure in the first year is estimated at $10.5 million.
Michael Horton, CSC WA General Manager, said expenditure should continue at a similar rate for the term of the contract.
CSC also has two existing SAP contracts with the Western Australia Police, which were signed in May this year.
Under these existing contracts, CSC provides application support services, maintenance and infrastructure.
Given the strong ties between the justice departments and the WA Police, and the large amounts of information transferred between them each day, Mr Horton said it made sense to have both support contracts handled by the one company.
CSC has a large presence in WA; additional government contracts exist at Western Power, Watercorp, and the Department of Infrastructure & Planning.
CSC also has contracts in the resources sector, with the likes of Rio Tinto and BHP.
The West Australian Practice of CSC now has almost 1000 employees; almost half of whom are working on client sites around the state.