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In other government ICT news this week, 19 August 2013

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has signed a $13.5 million contract with Elbit Systems to redesign its core operational system. The contract marks the first stage in a 43 month project due to be finished by March 2017, an AFP spokesperson told Intermedium. AFP has spent $35 million with Elbit Systems since June this year. Cordelta was contracted in 2011 for the provision of services to assist AFP in evaluating RFT respondents.

Queensland Rail has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a Workforce Management Solution to seek industry input in helping to “identify and analyse technologies for an integrated end to end workforce management system”. The proposed system is intended to meet the needs of three divisions, Train Service Delivery, Rollingstock Maintenance, and Train Operations. Following the RFI process, a request for offer may be issued, or the agency may undertake further RFIs. Submissions close 1 October 2013.

Tourism Australia has issued a Request for Tender (RFT) for the appointment of a partner organisation responsible for the provision of new services and systems. The successful tenderer is required to implement a system that will cover the Department’s payroll, finance, budgeting, human resources and other functions. Applications close on 9 September 2013 with services anticipated to commence in November 2013.

The Queensland Government has launched a nation-wide search to find a Director General for the State’s Health department, following the departure of Tony O’Connell from the role. O’Connell has held the position since 2011. The Deputy Director General, Michael Cleary will serve as acting DG while a replacement is found.

Queensland’s Department of Housing and Public Works is holding a number offorums for Government suppliers and buyers to hear about the new direction of Government procurement. Seven sessions will be run across the State addressing the new procurement policy and its impacts, as well as tips for improving tenders.

Queensland’s Chief Information Office has released a Print Services Policy to cut back on the operational costs associated with printing. The Policy, designed by the Chief Information Office, strives to make savings by improving asset lifecycle management through better planning for support, retirement or replacement of printer assets.

Queensland Police has introduced a new storage system for electronic evidence. The Statewide Access to Seized Digital Evidence (SASDE) system can store up to a petabyte of material to assist officers in accessing evidence for case building. The system is underpinned by an EMC Isilon platform, reports Computerworld.

The Victorian Government has commenced a roll-out of 6,000 new communications radios for firefighters, reports IT News. The $24.6 million project will replace radios that have been in operation for 19 years. 2,000 GPS fitted devices will be introduced over the next two years with 4,000 more to follow. Telstra, AA Radio Communications and Tait Communications have won contracts for related services.

The Treasury’s Pre-election Fiscal Outlook (PEFO) has revealed that an online self-service tool for Australian apprentices is expected to return more than $93 million worth of savings. The service is set to save time on paper-based administrative tasks by allowing employers to sign up an Australian apprentice with no contact required. The service has had its initial budget of $9.6 million over four years increased to $19.7 million over the next two years.

CSIRO, in conjunction with the Department of Human Services (DHS), has announced that they are introducing a computer system, ERIC, aimed at improving Government responses to natural disaster victims, reports The Australian. The system will collate data from road, fire and weather agencies along with demographic information to create a database that will be able to provide a graphical representation of the emergency system.


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