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DEST ‘Open For Business’

by Frances Stewart •
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Tony Kwan, CIO for the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), highlighted the Department’s directions and requirements for the coming financial year in his address to the AIIA’s Canberra Manager’s Forum on 14th June 2006.

Tony Kwan, CIO for the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), highlighted the Department’s directions and requirements for the coming financial year in his address to the AIIA’s Canberra Manager’s Forum on 14th June 2006.

DEST’s Information Services Group (ISG), is responsible for IT Services, Records Management and Information Management. ISG has two Application Branches and one Infrastructure Branch. ISG supports 2,200 DEST staff and one million external customers

Current ISG Priorities include:

  • autonomy through full ownership of IT
  • sound IT governance through appropriate portfolio management of projects
  • robustness through improved disaster recovery capability to support business continuity
  • support for a mobile workforce IT consolidation & convergence
  • client satisfaction.

DEST had 61 measures in the 2006/07 budget indicating the breadth of matters being managed by the agency. With budget funding of around $60 million, plans for the 2006/07 financial year include:

  • Identification and establishment of a further disaster recovery site
  • Identification of project management tools
  • Data warehousing and BI tools
  • IT contractor services
  • Servers & associated equipment including network printers

ISG has a number of projects currently proceeding, either with contracts already awarded or evaluation processes underway; however the message to industry is clear- DEST is ‘open for business’.

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  • AIIA
  • DEST
  • ISG
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