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Free article: Education receives $243 million for new IT projects

by Paris Cowan •
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The NSW 2010-11 Budget has flagged three new IT projects in the Department of Education and Training with a combined value of $243 million.

An Enterprise Information Management System project, plus two new components of the Learning Management and Business Reform project - the replacement of human resources and payroll systems, and a new Student Administration and Learning Management, are due to commence in 2010-11.

A spokesperson for the Department has informed Intermedium that specific values are not available for each of these projects as their release could compromise the tender process.

However they have confirmed that the projects will have a combined cost of $243 million over their lifetimes.

A timeframe for the tender process for these projects has not yet been finalised.

The introduction of new systems for managing HR/payroll functions and Student Administration and Learning Management (SALM) forms the final stage of the Department’s Learning Management and Business Reform project.

In the pipeline since 2006, work on the LMBR began in 2008 with the aim of replacing more than 100 legacy systems across the DET with modern and integrated solutions. The new systems embrace:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources and Payroll
  • Student Administration

The LMBR project is a large and ongoing corporate project, touching most parts of DET.  Coupled with the multi- year Connected Classrooms initiative and the implementation of the federally funded laptops for schools programs, this initiative makes DET the most active agency in terms of critical ICT projects in NSW, with the possible exception of the NSW Department of Health.

The new SAP-based finance system went live in March this year in state and regional offices of DET, following training of staff in January 2010. This coincided with the introduction of a Shared Service Centre for finance, and a Customer Contact Centre.  The new SAP finance system will be progressively rolled out to TAFE in July 2010 and to schools in late 2010, according to the DET 2008-09 Annual Report

The SALM system is due for implementation into schools in the middle of 2011.  The SAP based payroll system is due to be rolled out to TAFE mid-2011 and to schools by the end of 2013.

  • NSW
  • Education
  • Connected Classrooms
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR)
  • NSW Budget 2010-11