Fast-growing NBN Co inks Accenture HR deal


IT services group Accenture will host the National Broadband Network Company’s human resources systems, it was revealed today, with the fibre startup slated to hit 300 staff by the middle of 2010.

The company currently has over 100 staff, but is growing rapidly. In a statement, its chief human resources officer, Kevin Brown, said Accenture had been chosen because it had a proven track record, and provided multiple HR products such as payroll and recruitment.

This would give “NBN Co the flexibility to select applications that best suit its business as it grows,” Brown said. The statement said NBN would employ approximately 300 people by the middle of this year, and would continue to grow as it constructed its fibre network across Australia.

NBN Co didn’t reveal the value of the Accenture deal, but it did reveal that consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers had provided independent advice to the company as part of the tender process, to ensure a “rigorous and objective assessment of vendors and competitive pricing” in the Accenture contract.