NSW govt trims $260m telco bill

Reduced red tape to save $50 million a year

The NSW Department of Commerce has inked new statewide telecommunications agreements which it anticipates will save taxpayers $50 million a year and improve front-line service delivery.

NSW Minister for Commerce Eric Roozendaal said the government has signed agreements with AAPT, Macquarie Telecom, Optus, and Telstra for the delivery of fixed line and mobile services for government agencies.

Agreements for three other telecommunications categories, including PABX systems, conference phone services, phone handsets, managed phone services and some data services, will be finalized by mid-2007.

Roozendaal said in total the new arrangements will cut the state's annual telecommunications bill by more than $50 million a year from 2007-2008 onwards.

The telecommunications agreements follow an "extensive and very competitive" tendering and evaluation process.

"The government has used its purchasing power to achieve the best possible prices and level of service for all government agencies - regardless of their size or location," Roozendaal said. "Many agencies will benefit from savings of more than 30 percent on the cost of a standard fixed line call."

For example, the government claims a school in Wagga Wagga in country NSW with five phone lines can pay the same call rate as a Sydney-based hospital that operates hundreds of phone lines.

Roozendaal said the telecommunications contracts are a key step in implementing the state's economic and financial statement commitment to reduce the $260 million per year spent by government on voice and data communications.

The new approach is part of the NSW government's "People First" ICT plan.

"People First redirects money from back-end costs such as telecommunications to front-line services such as patient care, police operations, emergency services and community services," Roozendaal said.

The new arrangements significantly reduce red tape and tender costs for suppliers who will no longer have to negotiate separately with individual government agencies. The agencies will purchase through the government's Smartbuy online marketplace.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Rodney Gedda

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

This Holiday Season, protect yourself and your loved ones with the best. Buy now for Holiday Savings!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?