$7m COVIDSafe kept turned on to the tune of $100,000 a month: DTA

Sarah Basford Canales
By Sarah Basford Canales
Updated March 26 2021 - 5:46am, first published March 25 2021 - 7:30pm
Digital Transformation Agency CEO Randall Brugeaud in Senate estimates on Thursday evening. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

The government's $7 million COVIDSafe app is costing the public purse at least $100,000 a month to stay switched on despite only identifying less than 20 previously unknown contacts in the 11 months since it was first launched, a Senate estimates committee has heard.

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Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Canberra Times journalist

I'm a federal politics and public sector reporter with an interest in national security, integrity and regulation. Contact me with general tips and thoughts at sarah.basfordcanales@canberratimes.com.au or confidential tips to sbasfordcanales@protonmail.com.