Legislative Council: Thursday, December 01, 2022


Government Contracts, Banking Services

The Hon. F. PANGALLO (15:05): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Attorney-General, representing the Treasurer in another place, a question about government contracts.

Leave granted.

The Hon. F. PANGALLO: I have been advised that the ANZ Banking Group is set to announce a contract with the state government to become its sole provider of core banking services. Under the terms of the new contract, ANZ will provide transaction banking services and retain its role as the purchase card bank to South Australian government agencies.

I am told the new agreement is for five years, with the option to extend for a further five years, with the ANZ Group securing the contract ahead of the government's existing banking partner, the Commonwealth Bank. It comes, as the Treasurer has just announced in the other place, as Frontier Software will pay $1.7 million in compensation for a cyber attack last year that saw the personal information of 95,000 public officers stolen. My questions to the Treasurer are:

1. Was the contract subject to the government's normal tender?

2. When was the tender advertised?

3. Was the current contract up for renewal or were there other reasons for the new contract being awarded?

4. What cybersecurity provisions are part of the contract, and has that specific area of the contract been significantly upgraded, given the ransomware cyber attack of 12 months ago?

5. Are there financial penalties included as part of any contract for any cyber attacks?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:06): I thank the honourable member for his questions, and will refer those matters to the Treasurer in another place and bring back a reply.