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In other government ICT news this week, 13 August 2012

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Amcom L7 and Fujitsu have become the latest suppliers added to the Western Australian Department of Health’s $90 million ICT Network Communication Solutions panel. They join the panel’s first appointed member, WA-based ISA Technologies.

Sarv Girn will start work as Chief Information Officer at the Reserve Bank of Australia on 3 September 2012. Girn was most recently Executive Consultant to the CIO at Qantas and has also served as CTO at Westpac.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has signed a $9.5 million contract with NEC for enhanced telecommunications services out to 31 December 2012. NEC is one of several telecommunications providers who will be transitioned out of managed services contracts with the Department following the finalisation of its $832 million deal with Telstra. The contract is likely to cover transition-out services for NEC’s contract with the pre-integration Department of Human Services.

The DHS has also launched a new smartphone application called Express Plus Students which will allow recipients of Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY to update or check payments from an iPad or iPhone.

“This is the first app developed by the Department of Human Services, with more to follow this year," said Human Services Minister Kim Carr.

Victoria’s Myki ticketing system is attracting controversy again, Fairfax has reported this week. It has been revealed that top-up machines have been dispensing receipts displaying sensitive customer information in error.

The Department of the Treasury has signed a $2.7 million contract with CSG for the provision of managed print services to May 2015. The contract has been signed through the whole-of-government Major Office Machines panel.

Konica Minolta and Fuji Xerox have also engaged high-value clients through the Major Office Machines panel, for equipment and support. Fuji Xerox has signed a standing offer agreement with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and Konica Minolta has signed a standing offer agreement with the Department of Human Services.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is seeking applications for an Assistant Statistician to work in its Technology Services Division. The successful candidate will receive a salary of up to $189,000 per annum and will answer to Chief Information Officer Patrick Hadley.

Connexxion has been awarded a $10.7 million contract by the Department of Defence covering database management for the Defence Estate Management System.

A restructure of the Queensland Government’s transport functions will see the statutory authority Translink integrated into the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and 1,970 full time equivalent staff from primarily corporate and support roles were made redundant.

Datacom says that it has saved Sydney’s Woollahra Council as much as $200,000 by reducing its fleet of physical servers from 24 to just four, and introducing a new virtualised IT environment for council staff.

The Brisbane City Council is expected to introduce a system of ePetitions, which will allow residents to lodge maintenance requests and objections to council online, the Brisbane Times reports.

Victorian Auditor-General Des Pearson will resign in December after 21 years in the role.

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