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Cloud-based "as-a-service" solutions are widely implemented in the private sector, and are gaining acceptance in the public sector, but some ambiguity remains as to the policies and issues that should be considered for government cloud deployment.


  • The use of cloud-based services is now mainstream among government entities. The key issue is not whether cloud can be used, but whether the proposed solution is the right one, taking into account organizational culture and maturity, business requirements, and the specific concerns of government associated with security, privacy, and jurisdiction.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses cloud and "as-a-service" uptake in the Australian government sector.
  • Identifies key considerations relating to jurisdiction, security, and privacy.

Key questions answered

  • What are the trends in cloud service adoption in the Australian public sector?
  • What are the policies and issues that should be considered for government cloud deployment?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations for agencies
  • Recommendations for vendors

Cloud adoption by the Australian Government

  • Relevant policies

Issues for consideration

  • Jurisdiction
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Integration
  • Procurement model
  • Information classification/sensitivity
  • Information custodianship
  • Accreditation
  • Ovum CloudFit framework
  • Current government deployments


  • Further reading
  • Author

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