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In other government ICT news this week, 05 November 2012

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NSW Health has renewed its Microsoft licensing deal with reseller Data #3 for another 12 months, at a value of $28.7 million. Data #3 is one of three Microsoft Large Account Resellers pre-qualified to sell to NSW Government agencies through State Contract 2311.

Telstra has signed a $6.4 billion deal with the Federal Government to secure universal coverage across Australia, including payphones and free emergency calls. The agreement covers the 20 years to June 2032.

Queensland Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO), Peter Grant, has invited members of the ICT industry to a forum on the key findings of the State’s ICT Audit and their likely impact, to be held on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

The Queensland GCIO’s office has also announced that it will overhaul its website to make it easier for visitors to access Queensland Government ICT policies.

Previously secret legal advice given to Queensland’s then Labor Government shows that project management shortfalls on the Government’s side formed part of the reason it never pursued compensatory action against contractor IBM, following the failure of the Health Department’s payroll system replacement.

Eight Federal agencies have now signed up to use the Department of Human Service’s recently renewed ICT Contractor Panel, which Intermedium’s database shows to be the most valuable ICT panel in Federal Government. The list of ‘piggy-backing’ agencies includes the Attorney-General's Department, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Health and Ageing.

The Queensland Police Service has launched a smartphone app that will allow Queenslanders to report minor crimes through a set of standardised electronic forms. The Brisbane Times reports that the PoliceLink app cost the agency $53,000 to develop and is available for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry.

NSW utilities Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy have announced they will consolidate their procurement functions, including conducting tendering processes and negotiating procurement contracts, into a new body called Networks NSW.

WA’s Department of Agriculture and Food will adopt the Oracle eBusiness Suite for its finance and procurement functions. Under the State Government’s now defunct shared services plan, all agencies were to transition to use of the eBusiness suite. They now have the option of selecting their own ERP platforms from those offered by the whole-of-government Finance, HR and Payroll Solutions panel.

The Director General of Queensland’s Department of Education, Training and Employment, Julie Grantham, has announced she will retire as of 9 November 2012.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has approached the market for a Paper Data Capture Solution in preparation for the 2016 Census. The solution will need to convert written responses on census forms into accurate population data.

NBN Co. has hired former Telstra CIO John McInerney as its new IT chief.

The Washington Post has reported that the US Department of Defense plans to build a device management system that will allow Android devices and Apple products such as the iPad, to access its network for the first time. Such access had previously been limited to Blackberry devices.

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