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 Services...

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,...

Considerable scope to enhance security awareness and training: ANAO

Government security arrangements are the subject of ongoing focus by audit offices across the nation.  Security arrangements encompass information, information communications and technology (ICT), personnel and physical security dimensions.

A new Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report has concluded overall that the security awareness and training arrangements at its most recently targeted agencies were generally adequate and operating as intended.

Nevertheless, it...

Machinery of Government changes at FWA & FWO drives ICT expenditure rise

The establishment on 1 July 2009 of Fair Work Australia (FWA) and the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) clearly indicates the impact of Machinery of Government (MOG) changes on the ICT requirements of newly established agencies.  

Even though these are small agencies (likely to sit in Intermedium’s ‘Tier 3’), they have experienced an immediate 181 per cent increase in their ICT contracts relative to the agencies they replaced.

FWA and FWO have...

Peter Duncan appointed NSW Head of Department of Services, Technology and Administration

Peter Duncan replaced Graeme Head as Director-General of the Department of Services Technology and Administration on 2 April 2010.

Mr Duncan, a career public servant, was previously Deputy Director-General in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC).

In recent years Mr Duncan was involved in the establishment of the Office of Coordinator General (he was the inaugural Coordinator General) as well as in the NSW Nation Building taskforce.

He has...