Scoping Study - Terms of Reference - Intra Government Communications Network (ICON)

This scoping study is consistent with the third phase of the Smaller Government reforms which is designed to cut waste and duplication, while improving the efficiency, effectiveness and focus of the Commonwealth public service. 

The Government is undertaking a scoping study on options for the future management, operations and ownership of the Intra Government Communications Network (ICON). The study will also assess the likely sale environment for this business operation.

The scoping study will have regard to:

  • ensuring any recommended outcome/s treats any affected ICON employees in a fair manner, including through the preservation of accrued entitlements
  • minimising the impact on the service and quality levels for the current users of the service
  • identification of any compliance issues and post sale residual risk and liabilities to the Commonwealth
  • having regard to the above, optimise net proceeds and the financial outcome for the Commonwealth.

The Government will consider the recommendations of the scoping study in the first half of the 2015 calendar year.

Key stakeholders include Australian Government departments and agencies that use ICON, the ACT Government, approved ICON Panel suppliers and data centre providers.

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Last updated: 02 April 2015