Dept of Human Services opens new DC

Monday, 25 May, 2015

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The federal government has opened a new data centre in a move that it says 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,” 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.

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,” Payne said.

“This secure facility is designed to ensure data is available 99.995% 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.

“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.”

Image courtesy Dennis van Zuijlekom under CC

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