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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 5401..


(3) If the Government purchases these Microsoft products from one vendor, who is this vendor.

(4) Is the ACT licensed per user or as a group and can these costs be broken down into amount spent on education and other information communication technology.

(5) How much of the software is Open Source.

(6) Where is Linux used.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government spends approximately the following amounts excluding GST on Microsoft products per year:

  • ACT Government

$2.3 million

  • Department of Education

$800,000.00

  • CIT

$90,000.00

(2) The ACT Government purchases Microsoft products through a single Large Account Reseller.

(3) The ACT Government has leveraged off a Commonwealth Government standing offer negotiated by the Department of Defence, and has selected Data#3 as the Large Account Reseller for Microsoft products.

(4) The ACT Government licensing approach for Microsoft products is different for computers on the ACT Government network, to those on the Department of Education, including student and teacher networks, and the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) network. This is broken down as follows:

  • ACT Government - licensed per device across ACT Government network;
  • Department of Education - licensed by user (for all K-12 public school students and full time equivalent Education staff) across student and teacher networks; and
  • CIT - licensed per full time equivalent across CIT network

The Department of Education and CIT are charged at educational pricing which is a significant discount on standard government prices. The breakdown of expenditure is outlined in the response to question one.

(5) The ACT Government utilises Open Source products across the entire desktop standard operating environment deployed across the ACT Government network, with extensive utilisation made in the Education network environment.

There are over 9000 desktops utilised in the ACT Government network all of which have at least two different Open Source products installed on them. There are also a number of other centralised business systems such as My Source Matrix; (a large number of ACT Government websites are developed utilising this software).

A number of Open Source products are imbedded within a range of business applications used across Government. For example, the whole of Government Financial and Human Resource Management systems, and the Department of Housing and Community Services HomeNet system are all supported by an open source based operating system.


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