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Queensland Education Department opens the pages of its ICT intentions

by Paris Cowan •
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The Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET) has offered suppliers a comprehensive insight into the ICT side of its $8.7 billion operation, at a Brisbane briefing designed to improve business outcomes through government to business transparency.

Andrew Bennett, Director of ICT Procurement at the department told those in attendance that the DET intends to go to the market for hardware, software and services in the near future.

In terms of software, the department is looking to acquire a room booking and timetabling application for its TAFE sites, as well as business intelligence tools and antivirus software.

It also plans to procure storage infrastructure, including blades servers, and will continue to supply computers to students from the Commonwealth’s National Secondary Schools Computer Fund, which aims to maintain a computer to student ratio of 1:1 for students in Years 9 to 12.

In terms of services procurement, Bennett hinted that work was soon to get underway on strategic projects across the state’s TAFEs.

The motto behind all of this procurement will be “share before you buy before you build,” in an effort to encourage procurement functions to exhaust all of the most cost-effective options before launching into the construction of a bespoke ICT solution from scratch. Bennett told the audience that existing procurement arrangements, both departmental and whole-of-government, would be used wherever possible.

The DET purchases more than 40,000 PCs each year, with Commonwealth assistance, and will have 300,000 desktops installed across its 1245 schools by the end of 2011 and another 18,000 in its TAFEs. It says that approximately $79 million of its school’s expenditure goes towards IT Services.

It also says, however, that as much as 25 per cent of this desktop fleet is more than four years old.

The key administrative systems in use across the department include:

  • TRIM for records management
  • SAP Finance for  financial and asset management
  • TSS and Aurion for human resource management
  • Service-now for help desk
  • Interwoven TeamSite/OpenDeploy for customer management

The operational systems in use are:

  • ISAS2 (Peoplesoft Campus Solution)
  • OneSchool (.Net/Agresso)
  • OnePortal (SharePoint)
  • The Learning Place (Blackboard/Janisons/SharePoint/Aquella)
  • TAFE LMS (Janisons)
  • IDM (Tivoli/TIM/TAM/FIM/ILM)

According to Intermedium’s Budget IT tool, the Queensland DET was allocated $4 million in capital budget grants in 2011-12, for unspecified equipment and software. The Queensland Government also allocated $45 million to the department to supplement Commonwealth funding it received as part of the nationwide Digital Education Revolution (DER).

In 2011-12 the DET received a total of $8.7 billion in recurrent funding, approximately 70 per cent of which goes towards the wages of its 64,000 Full Time Equivalent staff.


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