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In other government ICT news this week, 21 May 2012

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The Victorian Government will halt the implementation of its HealthSMART eHealth program, on which it has already spent $500 million. The Australian  reports that the modernisation of the State’s health technology will now happen on a hospital-by-hospital basis.

HealthSMART was one of ten Victorian ICT projects criticised by the Ombudsman last November, for being over budget and behind schedule.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) have both published contracts signed through the whole-of-government Internet Based Network Connections panel this week. The DIAC contract is worth $7.4 million and will continue through to September 2014. The PM&C contract is worth $420,000 and will continue through to April 2013.

PM&C has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government for the supply of shared services. Under the agreement PM&C will provide services to the Department for $2.2 million.

Optus will receive $15 million from the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) to upgrade the satellite technology currently facilitating distance learning in the state, according to ARN.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is looking for an Assistant Secretary to take charge of the ICT Planning and Governance Branch within its Information Management & Technology Division, answering to CIO Tuan Dao. 

Important Correction: This article previously said that the successful candidate for this role would replace Meng Ngai. This is incorrect as Mr Ngai actually holds the position of Assistant Secretary ICT Planning and Development. Intermedium apologises for the error. 

IT News  has reported that the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is in the final stages of consolidating SAP systems across the agency to a single instance, with plans to expand SAP across new functions in the near future.

“Transport and Main Roads has a desire to be quite a big SAP user but we only use it for fairly limited functions at the moment,” said CIO Chris Fechner.

Fusion Applications has won a $1.7 million contract with the Western Australian Department of Commerce for consulting and implementation of an Oracle e-Business Suite.

Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has announced $50 million in funding for Medicare Locals to provide training for GPs and other health professionals in using the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system, and to promote the system to health consumers. Australians will be able to register for a health record from 1 July 2012.

The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has signed an $11.9 million contract with Harris Software Systems for ‘Interim Support Services’. Harris has had two major contracts with DMO in the past 10 years: $2 million for Broadband Ethernet Radio in 2009 and $5 million for ‘Communication Devices for Land 17’ between 2010 and 2011.

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