Fair Workplace Australia to establish Electronic Document and Records Management System

Fair Workplace Australia (FWA) has issued a request for tender (RFT) calling for an Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS), with functionality designed to provide efficient records capture and a four-tiered data classification scheme.

FWA, which began operation on 1 July 2009 after assuming the functions of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the Australian Industrial Registry, issued the tender on March 17.  Service...

Software market doubles to record high in FY 2008-09

The Software market demonstrated extremely strong growth in the 2008-09 financial year (FY), finishing at almost double the value of the previous year.

According to Intermedium’s latest report, the Federal Government Software Market 2008-09 - Annual Overview, the Software market has acheived a record high for the last five years.

Ranked behind IT Services and Telecommunications Services, Software is the third largest category in the Federal...

Defence updates its Capability Plan

The Department of Defence has released its scheduled update to the Defence Capability Plan (DCP), revealing that six of the 110 original projects have now been approved, bringing these projects one step closer to implementation.

Five of these six projects involve either a high or very high component of ICT, according to Intermedium analysis.

The six approved projects have an estimated combined value of $750 million, including an estimated $220 million of...

NSW Transport & Infrastructure ICT initiatives: Auditor-General

The NSW Auditor-General, Peter Achterstraat has outlined several ICT projects being undertaken by NSW Transport and Infrastructure (NSWTI) that have the “potential to significantly improve bus services” as well as signify a “step forward” for the NSW buses’ performance assessment regime. 

Released on 25 February 2010, the performance audit report identifies a clear lack of “accurate and timely” performance information within the NSW...

GA updates procurement plans

In February 2010, Geoscience Australia (GA) amended its procurement plans to reflect an intention to procure Development and Maintenance of Metadata Collection and Management Tools in December 2010. 

The implementation of such tools will provide a platform for GA to address some of the information management issues at the heart of the criticism it received from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO).

Last month, ...

Finance ICT Reform Program achievements listed in 2008-09 Annual Report

The government is moving into election mode.  Substantial announcements are being made in the health (new funding models for public hospitals) and education (a national curriculum) arenas.  Suggestions are of a tough budget – unusual in a pre-election context.  

So what can we expect in ICT cost reduction on the one hand, and in ICT service delivery enhancements on the other?

The initiatives taken by the Department of Finance and...

CenITex aims to reform old practices with latest tender issue

Intermedium regularly advises its clients that an adverse audit finding nearly always prompts an agency to take remedial action.  CenITex last week issued a request for tender (RFT) for operations monitoring and management tools after an audit last year criticised its lack of corporate service level agreements.

In December 2009, the medium ...

Government information disclosure rules to change

A significant reform of Australian administrative law with a focus on pro-disclosure of information by government agencies has been foreshadowed by the appointment an Information Commissioner Designate to lead the Office of the Information Commissioner.

The Information Commissioner Designate, Professor John McMillan, is taking leave from his role as Commonwealth Ombudsman to establish the Office which will be an independent agency with oversight of both freedom of...

VIC audit stresses importance of “strategic procurement”

Victorian Auditor-General, Des Pearson, has found weaknesses in local management controls and oversight arrangements in his audit of tendering and contracting in local government. 

His report, Tendering and Contracting in Local Government, which was released on 24 February, examines whether policies, guidelines and procedures for tendering and contracting are adequate, have been complied with...