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CIO at the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, Jane Bailey, has announced that she will depart in October 2013 after nearly two years in the role, reports IT News. The Department is searching for Bailey’s replacement, who will head the Information Division and the transformation of operations to align with the APS ICT Strategy 2012-15. Applications for the role close on 6 September 2013.

Four senior executives in the Queensland public service have been sacked in relation to the $1.2 billion health payroll debacle, reports the Courier Mail. The Public Service Commissioner is also investigating a number of other employees, and Premier Campbell Newman continues to consider legal action against IBM.

Austender is now the Australian Government’s exclusive system for open Approaches to theMarket (ATM), following a new Department of Finance and Deregulation policy that took effect from 1 July 2013. Agencies will no longer be allowed to publish or advertise ATMs in the media. The transitional period for agencies implementing the policy ends in September 2013.

Director General of the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, Mark Paterson, said that the cloud-based ERP consolidation has been a success “by any benchmark”. “We paid everybody on time and correctly in the first live payroll run that we went on when we rolled out the new system,” he said during a budget estimates hearing last week. The ERP service, which went live in December 2012, is expected to provide pay-back on the $14 million investment within 12 months.

The NSW Government has accepted many of the findings of the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s report on minimising corruption risks when managing IT contractors. Minister of Finance and Services Andrew Constance supported recommendations that “a well-designed business case is essential to avoid issues”, there is a need for set investment principles, and that the ICT Board should continue to have oversight of ICT procurement and management.

Airservices Australia has approached the market for services relating to its desktop modernisation project. It is looking for a supplier to plan, implement and potentially support an upgrade of its desktop computing environment. Minimum requirements include Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. The request for proposal closes on 20 September 2013.

WA’s Department of the Attorney General has approached the market for enterprise architecture services under Common Use Agreement 14008 for ICT Services. The restricted approach closes on 10 September 2013.

The Australian Taxation Office has signed a $24.9 million contract with Data#3 for a three-year Microsoft core desktop licence. The agreement is due to expire in June 2016.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has awarded Acer a $3.1 million contract for the provision of desktop infrastructure, through the whole-of-government Desktop Hardware panel. The contract is due to expire in June 2014.

DHS has also contracted Teradata for hardware upgrade and maintenance services, in a $4.1 million two-year deal due to expire in June 2015.


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