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Defence invests in superior data management

Australian Army Signaller Jon Taylor (front) and Joel Sansom-Sherwill from Applied Virtual Simulation test the new Protected Mobility Tactical Training System at the Battle Simulation Centre, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera. Photo: Defence

Defence has awarded KPMG a $233 million contract as the preferred systems integration supplier for Tranche 1 of the ICT 2284 OneDefence Data Program, which will ensure Defence can better manage data as a strategic warfighting asset.

KPMG will lead a consortium which includes several industry-leading suppliers such as Oracle and Microsoft, as well as three Australian Small to Medium Enterprises – archTIS, EPICON and SISU Solutions.

The Assistant Minister for Defence, Andrew Hastie, said strong data practices were critical to the future of Information Warfare and the conduct of military operations.

“Our data management is vital to protecting Australia’s national interests, but it is also vital in times of war, ensuring that we have access to the right information at the critical moment,” Assistant Minister Hastie said.

“This investment will deliver secure and resilient information systems to better enable information sharing and collaboration across government and with Australia’s strategic partners.

“It will also ensure we can exploit the data generated by our military drones, aircraft, land vehicles and maritime vessels,” Assistant Minister Hastie said.

The first Tranche approval is valued at approximately $233 million. The overall Program is an investment of approximately $515 million, plus ongoing sustainment funding.

The investments contained in the OneDefence Data Program are outlined in the Defence Data Strategy 2021-23, which Assistant Minister Hastie launched in August 2021. The Strategy outlines initiatives that the Department is implementing in order to improve its data maturity and enhance the information available to the Australian Defence Force.

The OneDefence Data Program represented a significant investment in the Australian Information Technology Sector.

“The Program provides opportunities for industry innovation and for the development of specialist information management skills that are vital to the sector,” Hastie said.

“Through the OneDefence Data Program, Defence will improve its data management, build a stronger data culture and ensure access to a professional data workforce that will give us the strategic edge in a dangerous and uncertain geostrategic environment,” Assistant Minister Hastie said.

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