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Fuji Xerox wins new $27m AEC contract

Friday, 09 March 2018
By Print21
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Fuji Xerox has won a $27 million contract with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) just weeks after being slammed by the Audit Office over a similar deal to scan Senate ballot papers.

The three-year Senate Scanning Solution deal between the AEC and Sydney-based Fuji Xerox Businessforce was awarded by open tender and runs from January 2018 to January 2021.

In January, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) delivered a scathing attack on the AEC over a similar $27 million contract with Fuji Xerox Document Management Solutions to scan ballot papers in the 2016 federal election.

In a 67-page report, the Audit Office accused the AEC of failing to achieve value for money and “accepting IT security risk above its usual tolerance.”

The AEC had paid Fuji Xerox DMS a total of $27.2 million to develop and deliver a scanning system to capture voter preferences. The report said the system largely failed and required a full manual recount that took many days and increased costs by up to $8.6 million.

Both Fuji Xerox and the AEC defended their efforts. Wassim Hage-Hassan, operations director NSW of Fuji Xerox DMS, said: “Fuji Xerox worked with the AEC to deliver a technology based solution that accurately captured voting preferences and still met the immutable deadline to declare an election result.”

The AEC continues to be a major supporter of the printing industry. Last month alone, the commission awarded a $2.1 million contract to Lane Laser Printers of Camden Park in Adelaide for the production, printing, packaging and storing of ballot materials for South Australia; upgraded a $1.2 million deal with Advance Press in Perth for the provision of printed ballot materials in Western Australia; and amended a $1.1 million contract with Finsbury Green in Melbourne for the printing of ballot papers for the Victorian Senate.

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