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In other government ICT news this week, 20 August 2012

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A tender process will soon commence in Queensland for the provision and management of payroll systems for the Department of Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA). The Sunday Mail reported that Minister Ros Bates planned to use the consolidation and outsourcing of eight disparate payroll systems operating in her Department (DISITA) as a trial ahead of broader payroll outsourcing across the State.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has released a request for tenders for the provision of a Secure Internet Gateway for it and its nine client agencies under the Federal Governments gateway rationalisation program. Client agencies include the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

Victorian Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips has dropped heavy hints to Government News that the abolishment of CenITex may form part of his Government’s upcoming IT reform agenda.

“Clearly we need to get the best result for Victorian taxpayers from CenITex and it needs to be in the context of what we do across government with ICT [and] whether CenITex is the best model,” he said.

An FOI request submitted to CenITex by The Age newspaper has also revealed that the shared services agency has no capacity to search its email archive or call logs in a time efficient manner. It has claimed that finding the documents requested by The Age would take it in excess of 24 years.

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has set up two consortium agreements under the whole-of-government Data Centre Facilities Panel to allow smaller agencies to bundle their data centre demand to meet the minimum requirements of a lease under the panel.

To date, the Department of Finance and Deregulation has entered into a lease with TransACT and ComSuper has entered a lease with Canberra Data Centres, with more lease negotiations understood to be underway.

The NSW Police Force has called for expressions of interest in the establishment of an internal social networking platform within the agency that would facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas, agency strategies and networking between the Force’s 21,000 staff. No budget has been allocated for the project as yet, and EOI documents ask that respondents make the cost benefits of their proposed solution clear for use in upcoming funding applications.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is inviting tenders for the establishment of ‘greenfield’ telephony operations at the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Project Office (NHVRPO).

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has become the latest agency to sign on to use the Department of Human Service’s ICT Services Panel. It is the 27th agency to ‘piggyback’ off this panel.

Trapeze Austrics has won the contract to roll-out a real-time passenger information system across the ACT’s public bus services. The whole project is budgeted at $12.5 million.

Computerworld has reported that the NSW Office of State Revenue has been able to reduce its annual telecommunications expenditure by 16 per cent, from $1.2 million in 2010-11 to $1 million in 2011-12, through the implementation of new virtual network infrastructure.

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