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FedLink: whole of government intranet update.

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Minister for Finance and Administration








The whole-of-Government secure intranet initiative “FedLink” is progressing into the second phase of the project — the applications phase. This phase will provide substantial opportunities for small and medium IT enterprises.


Fedlink was announced by the Prime Minister on 8 December 1997 in his Investing For Growth statement. It is an Office of Government Information Technology (OGIT) initiative which is being coordinated in partnership with other Commonwealth agencies.


The object of Fedlink is to provide a secure on-line intranet environment for the Commonwealth Government. It will be used for intra-government communications, including voice, data, TV, multimedia and electronic business transactions.


Initial assumptions, based on previous initiatives and studies, were that there was possible merit in implementing a dedicated infrastructure.


To market test for potential savings in the provision of a dedicated infrastructure (phase 1) a Request for Proposal (REP) was released in February 1998 and closed in March 1998.


The result of the REP process for phase 1 indicated that the cost of suitable network architectures did not provide a sufficiently strong business case to warrant the Government proceeding. Consequently, the REP is being waived at this stage. Agencies will utilise their existing infrastructure or will be able to acquire additional infrastructure through existing whole of government telecommunications arrangements, their outsourcing partner, or the OGIT Internet Service Provider panel.


Phase 2 of FedLink has already commenced. This phase involves the applications development for the secure environment for data exchange. It will involve numerous specialist intranet applications, the development of which will be offered to the private sector on an ongoing basis.


The FedLink home page which is currently being designed will ultimately enable access for Commonwealth agencies and staff to services such as; secure video conferencing, on-line multi-media, instant notification of Government changes (ie. Ministerial announcements, circulars, changes to legislation, policies and practices), net casting (live video broadcasts), induction/training material, Agency certified agreements, FedMail (a Commonwealth secure e-mail system), Commonwealth List Services, the Commonwealth Directory, potentially an on-line gazette and Commonwealth Managers Toolbox, and more.


Emphasis is being placed on the development of an open architecture and complementary applications. Details and opportunities for suppliers will be announced, as they become available, via the OGIT web site at


Industry Development is a key focus of this phase and there will be many opportunities for small and medium enterprises to be involved in various components of its development implementation.


Specialist FedLink applications will give seamless and secure interconnection between government agency’s IT networks and lay the technical foundations for the community to access government services. It will be an enabler and foundation for the Commonwealth Information Centre and provide easier navigation, secure and trusted communications between agencies and the basis for a single entry point for government services.



Canberra 10 July 1998

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