RailCorp, fresh on the back of revelations of substantial procurement fraud, has advertised two procurement positions in its Procurement Shared Services Division of its Business Services Group. This Division provides reporting, help desk functions, payment administration and procurement administration functions to RailCorp.
The positions, created in October 2007 are expected to assist the Procurement Support Manager in creating a “Centre of Excellence” for procurement support within RailCorp.
The development of systems for “analysing and maintaining information on RailCorp spend profiles, market analysis data, internal requirement profiles and tracking compliance against RailCorp procurement policy and contracts” is within the role responsibility.
The more senior role, the Analyst Leader, carries a salary of $71,412 to $82,371. It is responsible for developing and maintaining analytical support tools and compliance reports and output. These outputs are expected to „enhance business performance and ensure compliance and benefits realisation‟. The role will develop support systems to gather information on spend profiles, market analysis data and maintain effective mechanisms to track compliance against procurement policy and contracts. The role will be responsible for managing the output of the three administrators.
Government Abolishes RailCorp
In a move designed to increase accountability and counter continuing publicity concerning fraud and mismanagement, the NSW Government announced last week it will abolish RailCorp.
Legislation will be introduced in the next session of Parliament to remove the commercial board of RailCorp and return the organisation to a statutory authority under the direct control of the Transport Minister.
RailCorp was created in January 2004 with responsibility for the state's railways. As a corporation, RailCorp reports to a board, and the Minister for Transport has little direct control over its day-to-day operations. In this situation, the Government is held accountable for poor performance while at the sale time having little authority to change the organisation.
In announcing the changes, the Premier, Nathan Rees said he wanted to return money from senior RailCorp management positions to the "frontline". In 2006 RailCorp selected Fujitsu Australia to maintain its ICT infrastructure services in a three year deal, with an additional two one-year options to extend. The formal contract start date was 8 January 2007.