This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Australian Government’s use of its collective buying power in the purchase of cloud services to achieve appropriate outcomes and value for money.

While the government has a goal to use cloud-based solutions to reduce costs, lift productivity and develop better services, a number of potential issues also need to be addressed when acquiring cloud solutions. These include security, privacy, financial and legal implications. In January 2015, the Department of Finance established a whole-of-government Cloud Services Panel to support the implementation of the government’s Cloud Computing Policy. This panel, which is now managed by the Digital Transformation Agency, was recently expanded and extended to 31 March 2020. It is a non-mandatory procurement avenue.