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Medicare Australia extends contract with IBM.

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MINISTER’S MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Scavo 0413 800 757

MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig Minister for Human Services

Thursday 2 October 2008

Medicare Australia extends contract with IBM

The Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced today Medicare Australia has extended its contract with IBM Australia for the provision of IT infrastructure services.

The extension to 31 March 2010 will cost $70.3 million.

“The extension is in keeping with the Government’s plans to take a proactive and universal approach to the ICT requirements of the Human Services Portfolio,” Senator Ludwig said.

“The Portfolio is reviewing its ICT investment requirements in the context of Service Delivery Reform and the extension supports ongoing service delivery by Medicare Australia while this is underway.”

Senator Ludwig said this approach accommodates the Australian Government’s broader approach towards coordinated procurement across government.

"Greater coordination of procurement activity is critical if we are to achieve value for money for the Australian taxpayer and avoid unnecessary duplication," he said.