The West Australian government has signed an agreement with Amazon Web Services to better procure its cloud services. The agreement means state agencies, local governments and universities will not need to negotiate separate contract terms in their deals with AWS. 

WA has a cloud first ICT strategy, using the services where they are fit for purpose and deliver value for money.

The Common Use Arrangement (CUA) was today launched in partnership with the state’s Office of Digital Government and leverages the Commonwealth’s whole of government AWS agreement signed in June last year.

Under the new CUA, all WA state and local government authorities, as well as other approved entities such as universities, can now utilise the contractual agreement to access the latest services of the market leading public cloud provider.

The agreement is an attempt to harness the government’s buying power for greater savings and reduce duplication and administrative costs for the state government’s agencies, which can refer to a buyers guide to sign up to the CUA.

According to a WA government announcement, “Consumption-based services have the potential to replace costly, redundant, low-scale in-house computing infrastructure and provide more rapid, agile, scalable and cost-effective ICT services. By utilising cloud services agencies will be positioned to deliver higher quality and value for money digital services to the public.”

“The agreement will enable agencies to invest more time and resources to deliver services to citizens rather than on negotiating contracts,” said Iain Rouse, country director for AWS Public Sector in Australia and New Zealand. 

“With agencies and universities having the ability to access AWS services via the CUA, AWS Partners can more easily build innovative solutions to meet the changing needs of Western Australian citizens. Since all agencies will have the same terms, the smallest and largest agencies alike will be able to access the same benefits, including AWS’s robust security and data protection capabilities.”

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