The Australian Government has signed a three-year agreement with Microsoft Australia to provide access to its cloud-based products for 98 federal agencies.

The new volume sourcing agreement negotiated through the Digital Transformation Agency makes Microsoft 365 available to all Federal Government agencies on a cost-effective basis,  the company said.

The deal is also expected to accelerate adoption of Microsoft Azure and Dynamics 365 across government agencies.

According to Microsoft, less than two per cent of the Commonwealth will remain on legacy on-premise desktop licenses.

Steven Worrall, managing director, Microsoft Australia said, “We are proud to have been a strategic partner of the Australian Government for many years, and I deeply appreciate the continued trust that this latest agreement signals.”

“It is my strongly held opinion that for Australia to sustain its many years of economic success we need to work together to digitally transform the public and private sectors, injecting efficiencies, infusing intelligence, and ensuring inclusion,” Worrall said.

Microsoft is working with government to upskill public sector personnel. More than 1,400 subsidised Azure training places will be made available to Australian Government IT workers and there is funding to support up to 100 new trainees in the ACT over the next two years.

Microsoft’s 10,000-strong partner community will also benefit from the deal, making it simpler for them to do business with government agencies.

The deal is also the first whole-of-government deal to conform with the Australian accessible procurement standard. That means accessible versions of Microsoft products and access to new Microsoft innovations in assistive technology will be provided for employees with disabilities

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