An email thread on the CLUG list got me curious about expenditure on Microsoft products by the Australian Commonwealth Government. It turns out the new Rudd government requires all departments to list all contracts over $100,000 on their website twice a year (admittedly I was tipped off to this by yet another mail thread, this one on the Link mailing list). So I dug through and pulled out the details. Note that where it wasn’t possible to determine what the expenditure was for I left it out — for example it seems many departments buy IT licenses from a reseller, and those are reported as lump sums. Sometimes I have included consulting services as well, which might not be 100% fair.
This only took about an hour to generate, which was much easier than I realized.
|Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry||—||Source|
|Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy||—||Source|
|Department of Defense||$469,700
|Source for Defense
Source for DMO
|Education, Employment and Workplace Relations||$4,500,000
|Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts||—||Source|
|Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs||—Source|
|Finance and Deregulation||—||Source|
|Foreign Affairs and Trade||—||Source|
|Health and Ageing||$340,560
|Immigration and Citizenship||$2,149,930||Source|
|Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government||—||Source|
|Innovation, Industry, Science and Research||$425,676
|Prime Minister and Cabinet||$543,000||Source|
|Resources, Energy and Tourism||—||Source|
As best as I can tell, that’s for a six month period. If correct, that would make the use of Microsoft software about a $70 million decision annually.