Australian Govt opens new Data Centre in Canberra
Published 23 June 2021
The Australian Ministry of Defence has unveiled a new data centre in Canberra.
Minister for Defence Peter Dutton has officially unveiled Intellicentre 5 Bunker (IC5) — which is categorised as ‘critical infrastructure’, designed to house highly-classified Commonwealth government data, including sensitive material stored by the Department of Defence.
It will be operated by Macquarie Telecom Group, the government said. The data centre leverages physical, virtual security and compliance credentials to manage cloud workloads.
Addressing Australia’s Data Sovereignty & Cyber security
Minister Dutton welcomed the new facility, stressing the importance of bolstering Australia’s data sovereignty and cyber security, particularly amid a spike in threat activity.
“The need to secure data to protect Australian businesses and government has been a maturing conversation over the last few years,” he said. “The threat is evolving.”
Macquarie was earlier tasked with operating another high security data centre- Intellicentre 5 Bunker (IC5). The unveiling comes just a week after Macquarie Telecom Group secured a ‘Certified Strategic’ classification under the federal government’s new Hosting Strategy, overseen by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).
This initiative is a part of a wider A$200 million investment by Macquarie into its sovereign Canberra and Sydney Data Centre Campuses.
Macquarie Government managing director Aidan Tudehope welcomed Minister Dutton’s support. “His interest in unveiling our facility is a measure of the government’s commitment to ensuring government agencies and critical infrastructure operators and their supply chains are ‘battle-ready’ for the challenges we all face in the cyber domain,” said Tudehope.
“This means protecting Australia’s sovereign data and demonstrating the importance of cyber security to the whole of the Australian economy.” Minister Dutton added that Macquarie is a globally recognised leader in its field with a particular focus on data storage and protection services. “In our current threat environment, the demand for those services can only increase,” he said.
Job creation opportunities
David Hirst, group executive of Macquarie Data Centres, noted the broader benefits of new facilities like the IC5, including their contribution to jobs growth.
“At a time when Australia needs strong economic growth, recent research has shown that data centres like these support the creation of more than 1,600 onshore jobs,” he said.