The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) has decided to discontinue the Biometric Identification Services (BIS) project.
This decision was taken in light of project delays.
The contract with NEC Australia to deliver the BIS project has today been terminated. The project was suspended by mutual agreement on 4 June 2018 while commercial negotiations were ongoing.
NEC Australia was contracted to deliver the capability in April 2016.
The Australian National Audit Office is conducting an audit into the project as requested by the ACIC in February 2018.
The ACIC is committed to delivering projects that enhance capability for our law enforcement partners. As part of this approach we regularly review the scope, expected benefits and ongoing feasibility of our projects.
The ACIC is committed to providing national criminal information and intelligence services, including fingerprint data, to more than 70,000 police officers and other accredited users on a daily basis, to keep them and the Australian community safe.
Michael Phelan APM
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission