Vault, one of three cloud providers to gain a place on the Australian Signals Directorate's Protected cloud list, a certification which was in place until 30 June, has thus become the first sovereign technology provider chosen by an Australian Government for such a role.
Such awards have always been made to foreign companies.
The Coalition Government's Digital Transformation Agency has whole-of-government arrangements in place with AWS, IBM, Microsoft, Rimini Street, SAP and Concur.
Vault chief executive Rupert Taylor-Price told iTWire that the company had been working with the NSW Government team since early 2019.
"The deal with Vault is different to a panel, tender, or marketplace in that the terms are bespokely negotiated with the supplier," he said. "This enables all NSW Government clusters to buy from Vault under special terms and pricing.
"Other state governments have already contacted the NSW Government to see if they can buy under the NSW Government Vault deal – which they can."
Taylor-Price said the fact that the NSW Government had done its first cloud deal with a local company was a historic change from the norm.
"Whole-of-government deals have previously focused on multinationals – tying up larger projects in the market," he said.
"[NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor] Dominello has been talking for some time about how his government is going to support local tech businesses. This deal is a large and tangible step towards that commitment."