Tax Office Change Program and the Henry Review

In the 2008-09 Annual Report, Commissioner of Tax, Michael D’Ascenzo, signalled that the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) Change Program should be close to over by the end of this year, however the current IT difficulties may require a revision to this estimate.

According to the ATO website, the last phases of Release 3 will start July 2010.  The Commissioner stated in his...

NSW: Successful super departments?

Nearly one year after former Premier Nathan Rees announced that the 160 agencies that form the NSW Government would be consolidated into 13 Super Departments, signs of a meaningful level of integration are evident at just three of the Super Departments, according to a review of public domain information by Intermedium. 

Intermedium referenced checklists in the NSW Auditor General’s Office Better Practice Guide ‘...

Steward and Sedgwick provide clues about future project intentions

“Major ICT projects such as the National Broadband Network, Service Delivery Reform and the Government 2.0 Taskforce are likely to generate significant future demand and competition for qualified ICT staff”, said Ann Steward, Australian Government Chief Information Officer and Stephen Sedgwick, Australian Public Sector Commission, in their Foreword to Whole-of-government ICT Strategic Workforce Plan 2010-2013.

This is affirmation of Intermedium's...

Hospital networks’ performance to be reported

The quarterly assessment results of the performance of hospitals and hospital networks will be made available online under the National Health and Hospitals Agreement (NHHA) passed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in Canberra on 20 April.

The NHHA Agreement reforms, passed by all of the states and territories (with the exception of Western Australia), give the Commonwealth authority over nation-wide health funding, and will see the establishment of...

ANAO delivers report critical of Attorney General's Department


Several shortcomings in the Attorney–General’s Department’s (AGD) management of the National Identity Security Strategy (NISS), including a failure to implement widespread use of the national Document Verification Service (nDVS), have been highlighted in a report released by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO).

The implementation of the NISS by the AGD, which has lead responsibility for coordinating the development of the strategy, has been...

Optus at Medicare, Telstra at Centrelink: What will the future hold under DHS?

One of the challenges facing the new Department of Human Services team under John Wadeson is the resolution of its telecommunications services arrangements;  Optus is the incumbent supplier at Medicare but Telstra is the incumbent at Centrelink.

In the new DHS organisational arrangement, announced last December, ICT Infrastructure Deputy Secretary Wadeson assumed responsibility for infrastructure and telecommunications across the DHS agencies.  These...

Defence to tender for terrestrial communications bundle

Defence has announced its intentions to commence the ICT component of its Strategic Reform Program (SRP) with the ‘terrestrial communications bundle’.  In so doing, it has been suggested by ITNews, that the three incumbent terrestrial communications providers, Telstra, Verizon and Optus, have been made aware there will be only one telecommunications supplier as part of the move to standardise Defence’s terrestrial telephony.

Optus and Telstra were...

NSW fine tunes super department structure


The NSW Department of Police and Emergency Services will be split in two in a move that represents the first major modification to the super department structure.

In June 2009, former Premier Nathan Rees announced that all existing departments within the NSW Government would be consolidated into 13 ‘super departments’ in a move to minimise bureaucratic waste and duplication.

Under the reform, formerly separate Departments of Police and Emergency...

Government endorses Defence Strategic Reform Program

 The Federal Government has endorsed the implementation of the Defence Strategic Reform Program (SRP).  The blueprint, released in June 2009, seeks to carry out the reforms listed in the 2009 Defence White Paper to achieve $20 billion in cost reductions over a decade from 2009-10.

Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner announced the endorsement in early April,...