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Tuesday, 20 April 1999
Page: 3951

Senator Robert Ray asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 8 March 1999:

Have any consultants been engaged by the Australian Electoral Commission to evaluate Year 2000 compliance; if so, who has been engaged and at what cost.

Senator Ellison (Special Minister of State) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The Australian Electoral Commission has not directly employed any consultants to evaluate Year 2000 compliance. However, the AEC is part of Cluster 3, and has outsourced its IT infrastructure to Computer Sciences Corporation. The Cluster Management Office, on behalf of the Cluster 3 agencies, contracted Admiral Management Services to conduct an audit of the Year 2000 status of CSC. The cost will be approximately $19,000, of which the Office for Government Online will pay 50%. The AEC will therefore pay 20% of the remaining $9,500. That is, $1,900.