Industry Consultation: The establishment of a panel of cloud computing providers (Cloud Panel)

Mundi Tomlinson

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As discussed in my blog post of 14 Feb, the current Data Centre as a Service Multi Use List (DCaaS MUL) will expire in October 2014. In line with the eGovernment and Digital Economy election commitments and following the success of the DCaaS MUL, Finance is investigating possible cloud procurement models, with a view to approaching the market to form a whole of government panel.

As part of the consultation process a Cloud Procurement Working Group has been established to consult agency representatives regarding their requirements for cloud services.

In order to achieve a balanced view of what the market can offer, I am seeking input from cloud service providers by inviting you to complete the survey at the link below by AEST 5.00 pm 28 May:

Service Provider Survey

Finance intends to invite interested cloud computing providers for face to face discussions in the near future. The providers will be selected from a mixture of small, medium and large companies and the discussion will focus on issues relevant to the requirements of the Cloud Panel. Interested providers can indicate their willingness to participate in these discussions in the survey.

I look forward to your participation.


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Finance has received an enquiry relating to the following question from the Service Provider Survey:

When will your services meet the security and privacy requirements of the Commonwealth?

The security and privacy requirements mentioned in the survey refer to requirements under the Protective Security Policy Framework ( and Information Security Manual ( These documents provide guidance and standards for the security of government ICT systems according to the classification of information stored and processed in a system.

There are additional security policies and guidelines in relation to cloud services. The Australian Signals Directorate’s Cloud Computing Security Considerations ( provides guidance on whether using a cloud computing service is acceptable. The Attorney General’s Department’s Australian Government Policy and Risk management guidelines for the storage and processing of Australian Government information in outsourced or offshore ICT arrangements ( describes how different categories of information are treated when considering offshore or outsourced ICT arrangement.

I hope you find this clarification useful.

This survey has now closed, the response was positive with over 70 organisations participating. I would like to thank all who participated and provided a response to Finance.



Representing Via IP Wholesale - Telco aggregator.

I was trying to get in touch with the dept. in re the status of this panel.

Would be keen to know where it sits and when the next meetings (if) are to take place.

Is there a contact number I may call out to?


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