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In other government ICT news this week, 17 February 2014

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Craig Magee has been appointed by Defence to lead the organisation’s vast technology transformation, Magee has previously been a technology strategy lead at organisations including ANZ Bank and BHP. The IT architect will lead a number of large projects on the IT agenda including data centre migration and the delivery of Next Generation Desktop for Defence personnel, reports IT News. In the role, Magee will be required to hone in on risk management in a bid to prevent Defence from falling further behind in its upgrade schedule. In January 2014, Intermedium reported on Defence’s struggles with the size and complexity of its ICT project load which resulted in its decision not to proceed with the Distributed Computing Bundle.

Queensland’s Department of Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) has undergone a major restructure after shedding 600 jobs, reports IT News. Responsibility for IT procurement and the soon-to-be divested CITEC has been allocated out of Deputy Director General, Andrew Spinner’s ICT Division. Instead, a new strategic ICT wing will be set up to manage CITEC and ICT renewal and strategic sourcing functions.  These were previously managed by Glenn Walker, who has now left the Department.  DISITIA has  advertised the position of Assistant Director General within the new division. 

Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NT Police) have issued a Request for Tender for the supply and delivery of iPad accessories. It follows an RFT in early February 2014 for the supply of 1250 iPads and 50 iPad minis. NT Police is due to deliver the hardware to its frontline in June 2014, which will make it the first police force in Australia to deliver tablet devices on an organisation-wide basis. Mobile technology was flagged as a project for 2013-14 in its 2012-13 Annual Report noting that mobile technology solutions will be developed “to make policing more efficient and ensure our frontline officers are just that – available on the frontline to assist and respond to community needs”. The RFT closes 12 March 2014.

1.3 million customers have used Service NSW’s services since July 2013. In July 2013, Service NSW made its services available online and in person at ‘One Stop Shops’ located across the state. 385,000 customers have used ‘One Stop Shops’ since the opening of the first in Kiama. Additionally, more than 310,000 customers have used the 24/7 phone service since its inception while the website received more than 700,000 visits. Service NSW’s facilities provide centralised access to over 800 services offered by Roads and Maritime Services, Fair Trading, and Births, Deaths and Marriages. 

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on online form solutions. According to the RFI, QPS is seeking to “eliminate manual data handling, improve efficiency and increase frontline visibility, mobility and effectiveness,” through the deployment of an online solution for creating and filing forms. QPS is currently in the process of reviewing whether its current suite of mobile technology is capable of servicing current and future business needs. The online forms solution needs to be able to be delivered across a number of mobile platforms, suggesting that QPS is continuing to move forward with an updated set of mobile technology and applications. 


Related Articles:

Defence struggling under current ICT project load

Finance extends Federal Desktop Hardware panel

NSW Education Department selects its Microsoft LAR

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