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In other government ICT news this week, 18 February 2013

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Lee Walton has been appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer at CrimTrac, following the departure of Darin Brumby. According to evidence given before Senate Estimates last week, Walton brings 12 years experience working for the Defence Signals Directorate to the role.

Australian Government Chief Technology Officer, John Sheridan, has told attendees at the Kickstart conference in Queensland that the whole-of-government panel for desktop hardware has saved the Commonwealth $27 million over 18 months. This is more that $10 million over and above the Government’s forecasts for the panel’s performance back in July 2012.

Sydney’s eastern suburbs line will become the first rail-component of the NSW Government’s Opal card e-ticketing roll-out from the middle of this year, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Since November, 533 commuters on the Neutral Bay ferry route have signed up to use the card, which should be implemented across all ferries, trains and buses by the end of 2014.

Drew Clark will assume his new role as Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) from 11 March 2013, for a term of five years, reports PS News. His predecessor Peter Harris has been appointed chairman of the Productivity Commission.

NSW’s Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has engaged Acer computers to replace its ageing fleet of iMac desktop computers in service centres, in preparation for the consolidation of a number of State Government transactions into co-located shopfronts under the Service NSW Scheme. IT Newsreports that Point of Sale software is also included under the deal, and that RMS has also signed a deal with VMWare for a virtual desktop solution

Northern Territory’s Department of Transport is trialling new technology at motor vehicle registries that will enable customers to undertake transactions online rather than waiting in a queue.

Over 6,000 NZ police officers will receive Apple smartphones and tablets following a successful 11-month trial of the portable technology in 2012. The devices are estimated to save up to $248 million over 12 years through improvements in productivity, reports IT News.

WA’s Department of Education has engaged IBM and Dell under two state-wide customer contracts for the supply of server hardware, management software and maintenance services through the State’s whole-of-government panel for IT Servers and Data Storage Devices. The combined value of the contracts is estimated to be $16.3 million and they will initially expire in January 2015, with three one-year extension options.

Two new deals have been awarded under WA’s busy whole-of-government Finance, HR and Payroll Solutions panel. Infor Global Solutions has secured a $3.5 million deal with the Department of Finance for the provision of licensing, hosting, implementation and support services for the Department’s finance solution. Talent2 has won a $1.9 million contract for similar services for the Department’s payroll ‘Bureau Service’ solution.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking a General Manager to join the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Group and report directly to the CIO. The successful candidate will lead “several large branches” in areas of ICT service delivery and manage an end-to-end development program to deliver the Department’s social services platform.

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