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Prospective tenderers announced for NSW Govt Data Centre Reform Project

The NSW Department of Services, Technology and Administration (DSTA) has published the shortlist for provision of data centre capabilities for the NSW Government’s Data Centre Reform Project on the NSW Tenders website, following the July 1 announcement of the list.  The list is comprised of successful respondents to a December 2009 invitation of an expression of interest...

The Greens firm on key ICT policies

The Australian Greens party has picked up its first House of Representatives seat in a general electionwith Adam Bandt’s victory in Lindsay Tanner’s former electorate of Melbourne.  The Greens have also secured the balance of power in the Senate, with 4 new upper-house members, including first-ever Senators from Queensland and Victoria (although the newly elected Senators will not take up their positions until 1 July 2011).  This success will take the total number of Greens in the...

Hung Parliament creates uncertainty for government ICT market

Australia is currently facing its first hung Parliament since the Menzies Government in 1940.  Three days after the election it is not clear which major party will form the next government, with the Australian Public Service continuing to operate under caretaker conventions until the next government is appointed. 

Intermedium Managing Director Judy Hurditch says this uncertainty continues to impact the federal government ICT market.  “The lack of clear election outcome...

‘Moving forward’ on e-health

The Federal Government has taken the first step to making e-health a reality with three sites named as pilots for the use of electronic health records.

In a statement issued on Tuesday 17 August, Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced that the three sites– GP Partners (Brisbane, QLD), GP Access (Hunter Valley, NSW) and Melbourne East GP Network (Victoria...

AGIMO seeks internet-based network connections panel

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) within the Department of Finance and Deregulation has released another whole of government Request for Tender (RFT), this time for the provision of internet-based network connections (IBNC) panel. 

The RFT has been released during the caretaker conventions period, indicating that Finance views it as non-contentious from a policy perspective.  In deciding to release it, Finance would also have taken into...

IBM Contract with Gold Coast City Council headed for termination

Gold Coast City Council Mayor Ron Clarke has endorsed a decision to use recently purchased SAP software for a wider suite of functionsThe decision means that the Council will be using the SAP software for both Enterprise Resource Planning and Property.

“We are confident this can result in savings of around $2.5 million over time,’’ he said in a statement issued on 11 August.

Mayor Clarke also endorsed a proposal to discontinue the Council’s current contract with IBM, which...

Labor launches online diagnostic tool for students

As part of its school reform agenda ahead of the federal election on Saturday 21 August, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has announced it will develop a national online diagnostic tool for students, parents and teachers if re-elected.  The online tool will complement the National Curriculum and National Assessment programs set up by the Rudd Government.

The program is centred on a new website, to be launched progressively in 2011, and aims to assess every Australian student’s...

Gillard ups the ante on e-health

The Gillard Government has promised $392.3 million in new online health initiatives as a central platform of its campaign launch in Brisbane on Monday 16 August, ahead of the Saturday 21 Federal Election.  

In a speech to Labor’s party-faithful Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a number of measures she said exemplified “the future of healthcare” and are aimed at delivering better health services to regional, rural and outer-metropolitan areas.  

The $392.3...

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