Judging by attendance at the tender briefing on 26 September, there is significant industry interest in a major project at NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM).
The LifeLink project aims to enhance BDM’s ability to create linkages between separate events registered with BDM ie births, deaths, marriages and name changes. The project represents a shift in BDM’s focus from an event based approach to a citizen centric model.
This is the second approach to market for the LifeLink project. The first tender closed in March 2006. The successful tenderer for the first approach to market pulled out during contract negotiations. The scope of the tender has been amended for this second tender.
The major driver for the LifeLink project is an increased demand from the public for accurate and timely information. It is also hoped that the implementation of the LifeLink solution will help to improve fraud minimisation.
BDM is in the process of enhancing its online communication channel as a response to the public’s need for timely and accurate information. BDM has already implemented online reporting systems for funeral directors and marriage celebrants. Now over 98% of deaths and 40% of marriages are reported to BDM online. The LifeLink solution needs to be able to integrate these online systems with BDM’s other pre existing systems.
At the briefing, it was suggested that BDM will be in the market for an eRegistration facility to further enhance its online communication channel. However, this project will not be implemented until the completion of the LifeLink project.
BDM hopes that the tender evaluation process will be completed by Christmas and that the project will commence in March next year. It is expected that the solution will take 12 to 18 months to implement.
The tender evaluation process will be facilitated through the NSW Department of Commerce.
The tender closes on 24 October 9.30am (EST).