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Federal Govt locks in ‘cloud first’ stance

Monday, 13 Oct 2014

Coalition cloud policy released.

The federal government has stepped up cloud adoption by handing down a long-awaited ‘cloud first’ ultimatum to agencies.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann put their signatures to the Commonwealth’s new cloud policy, which demands agencies “must adopt cloud where it is fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money”.

It becomes the second jurisdiction in Australia to adopt the ‘cloud first’ rhetoric first launched into the political mainstream by UK and US administrations.

Queensland embraced a similar stance in May, which requires agencies to obtain approval to go with non-cloud options for new tech purchases. Turnbull has long hinted that he planned to follow suit.

In a combined statement, Turnbull, Cormann and Attorney-General George Brandis have complained that the public service’s cloud adoption has been too slow.

“The Government procures approximately $6 billion of ICT services annually, but only a fraction of this is spent on cloud services,” they said.

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