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Human Services completes Data Centre consolidation



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON MARISE PAYNE Minister for Human Services

THE HON MALCOLM TURNBULL MP Minister for Communications

Monday 25 May 2015

HUMAN SERVICES COMPLETES DATA CENTRE CONSOLIDATION

The Government is pleased to announce the opening of a new data centre that will save taxpayers millions in operating costs and provide vital stability for numerous government departments.

Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the Fyshwick data centre will be shared by agencies to streamline government spending.

“This data centre is a great example of collaboration across government agencies to deliver modern technology that’s value for money for Australian taxpayers,” Minister Turnbull said.

“The security and reliability offered by this new facility means the government is in a strong position to expand the services offered through its various digital channels and provide services to various Commonwealth agencies.

“The Fyshwick data centre has also been specifically designed to ensure an energy conscious and cost effective use of resources.

“The building is nearly entirely self-sufficient with its water requirements thanks to a clever water retention system, and an LED lighting system ensures power isn’t used unnecessarily.”

The opening of the new site marks the near completion of the Department of Human Services’ data centre consolidation project and will save taxpayers $24.5 million in leasing costs over the next decade.

Minister Payne said the new high-tech data centre has been built with the future in mind and will be an important addition to the work now underway to upgrade the welfare payment IT infrastructure.

“This is a secure, efficient, 21st century data centre that will work hand-in-hand with the welfare payment system we will be implementing over the coming years,” Minister Payne said.

“This secure facility is designed to ensure data is available 99.995 per cent of the time.”

“The consolidation of the department’s data centres from seven down to two state-of-the-art facilities will give the department added capability to support the Government’s Digital Transformation Agenda and ensure that customers have access to important digital services at any time of their choosing.

MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON MARISE PAYNE Minister for Human Services

THE HON MALCOLM TURNBULL MP Minister for Communications

“The Department administers over $159 billion in government payments to millions of Australians, so it is absolutely imperative we have measures in place to ensure we can deliver vital government services 24/7.”

Media contacts: Minister Payne - Henry Budd 0429 531 143

Minister Turnbull - David Bold 0427 784 451