Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has announced that Australia will join the Open Government Partnership, an agreement promoting transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. The first step of its commitment will be the formation of a National Action Plan aimed at improving transparency and data usage. Previous achievements by the Australian Government on this front include the establishment of data.gov.au and the adoption of Government 2.0 principles.
The NSW Government has released its own Social Media Policy, which actively encourages public servants to get online and engage. Key guidelines include:
- Be open, and use social media to promote access to information, transparency and accountability;
- Be collaborative, by listening to and engaging with staff, the public and industry in capacity building, policy design and implementation, and service delivery; and
- Be responsive, by replying quickly to customers and issues.
The Victorian Government efficiency dividend will be increased from 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent from 1 January 2014. Premier Denis Napthine said the dividend will continue to apply to non-frontline wages and non-wage costs, and would be aided by the recent machinery of government changes, reports PS News.
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPC) CIO Al Blake has highlighted the importance of separating government data from personal data when implementing a bring-your-own-device model, reports IT News. DSEWPC has adopted an out-of-the-box solution from Good Technology for its 350 employees that are using their own devices at work, and is looking to add file synchronisation functionality and third party applications in the future.
The NSW Government has begun its search for a new Auditor-General to replace Peter Achterstraat whose seven-year tenure ends in September 2013.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has signed a $297,000 contract with lead agency Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for internet gateway services, in accordance with the Federal Government’s gateway reduction program. DIAC previously sourced internet gateway services from Unisys as part of its IT outsourcing deal.
AusTrade is looking for a supplier to deliver, manage and maintain a web-based Email Management System for the agency. Tender submissions are due by 13 June 2013.
Serco, outsourced construction manager of WA Health’s Fiona Stanley hospital project, has issued a request for tenders for a Quality Management Application and Occupational Health and Safety Solution for the new facility. Submissions are due by 13 June 2013.
The Department of Human Services has awarded an $11.4 million contract for the provision of software, licence and support to business analytics software provider SAS Institute. The three-year contract is due to expire in December 2015.
Insight Enterprises has won two contracts with Victorian Government agencies as sole Large Account Reseller to the State. It has signed a $4.2 million agreement for the supply of relevant products to shared services agency CenITex, and a $3.4 million agreement for provisions to the Victorian Department of Human Services. Both contracts are due to expire in March 2014.
SAP has won an additional $3.4 million for the provision of commercial-of-the-shelf software for the Government’s Central Budget Management System (CBMS). The contract supplements the $24 million agreement between SAP and lead agency the Department of Finance and Deregulation back in April 2011.
The Department of Parliamentary Services has signed a $2.2 million contract with BAE Systems for the provision of a replacement House Monitoring System. The system is responsible for television broadcasting within Parliament House, including internal parliamentary broadcasts, and free-to-air and subscription channels.
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