Electronic Transformation Agency chief Randall Brugeaud has defended his agency’s conclusion to use Amazon World wide web Solutions for the government’s COVIDSafe call tracing application.
Brugeaud advised a Senate Inquiry into the government’s COVID-19 response that the hyperscale cloud service provider was preferred due to the extent of its support featuring, which extends outside of internet hosting.
He stated the agreement, which will set the government back again $710,000 between April and Oct, was for “a mixture of internet hosting, improvement and operational services”.
“One of the added benefits of a enterprise such as AWS is that it can scale quite promptly and present a broader array of companies than merely internet hosting,” Brugeaud stated on Wednesday.
Although there had been a number of other “pure internet hosting suppliers which are Australian” featuring similar companies, he stated that did not necessarily increase to the firm’s complete provide chain.
“I cannot remark on irrespective of whether all of their infrastructure and networks are based mostly on Australian developed infrastructure, Australian operate networks and Australian owned businesses that present people companies,” Brugeaud stated.
He also mentioned that there had been a “very, quite modest proportion” of Australian internet hosting suppliers featuring what the DTA engaged AWS to do.
“Our concentrate was on finding an consequence with a lover that was able of providing the companies that we wanted in the time obtainable,” he stated.
“The companies that we procured with AWS had been a great deal additional comprehensive than the array of companies presented by pure internet hosting suppliers.”
In answers to queries on notice presented to the committee, the DTA also stated AWS was utilised due to an previously conclusion by the Department of Residence Affairs, which kicked off the function.
“Due to legitimate urgency and continuation of an present arrangement (Commonwealth Procurement Principles 10.three.b and 10.three.e) to align with the arrangements that had been at first founded by the Department of Residence Affairs,” it stated.
Residence Affairs handed function around to the DTA on April three, and a few times later on the DTA approached AWS using a confined tender method below the the whole-of-government AWS deal.
Responses to queries on notice from Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick also provide additional info on the particulars of the agreement, which was executed on April 24.
The AWS agreement (with Melbourne-based mostly Shine Remedies as a contractor) extends to “ platform style and design and build”, “ cell world-wide-web application build” and administration and “project control”.
“AWS solution is a robust, risk assessed solution with knowledge sovereignty and provide chain integrity,” the DTA stated.
Other contracts for the challenge are held with Boston Consulting Group, Shine Remedies (helpdesk support) and Ionize (cyber protection assessment companies).
A total of $one.five million was put in by the DTA on the app’s improvement.
Back close up and working this week
Although the application is at the moment accumulating knowledge, the portal that will let point out and territory wellbeing officers to entry the info for call tracing is not however up and working.
Brugeaud stated the portal would be activated at the time agreements with the states and territories close to “how to use the method and [their] obligations in accessing the data” had been finalised.
Department of Overall health secretary Caroline Edwards stated this would arise in the future working day or so, with the portal previously all set to go.
Brugeaud also unveiled that wellbeing officers would not choose copies of the knowledge, which is saved centrally in the COVIDSafe national knowledge retail store.
“They [the call tracers] will deal with the men and women who then add the knowledge,” he stated.
“They present a pin number to make confident that only people that analyzed constructive add their knowledge to the central retail store.
“But that central retail store is in one particular put, and states and territories will only be in a position to entry info applicable to their jurisdictions – they don’t copy it.”
Brugeaud also stated the COVIDSafe supply code would be also be produced at “the close of this week or early future week”.
“We have taken the code from Singapore and current it and Singapore has due to the fact open up sourced it,” he stated.
“Our intention is to launch the supply code as properly and that will be one thing we very own and are in a position to use for long term purposes as they could possibly be necessary.”