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In other government ICT news this week, 30 April 2012

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The Department of Finance and Deregulation has signed what it says is the first lease through the whole-of-government Data Centre Facilities Panel, on behalf of a consortium of agencies which will remain un-named due to security concerns. The $45.6 million, 10 year lease may well be the first of several such group-leases, according to the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).

The NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (DTIRIS) is looking to transition to a single, cluster-wide ERP solution, provided under a Software as a Service model, and has approached the market to find interested suppliers.

The Age has reported that the Victorian Government is planning to dissolve the entire board of its IT shared services agency CenITex, after a cabinet-in-confidence review found the organisation to be suffering from poor governance.

Treasurer Wayne Swan has revealed that the Australian Government will need to find an extra $10 billion in savings over the next two years, due to lower than expected revenue. The Federal Budget will be handed down on 8 May 2012.

The Victorian and Northern Territory budgets will be handed down 1 May 2012.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has approached the market to establish a panel of providers of Servers and Associated Equipment, including “rack mount x86 servers, blade enclosures, associated hardware, software, support and maintenance and consultancy services”.

After surveying its public service members about the impact of budget cuts, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) told IT News that “some 40 or 50 percent of responses from delegates in the survey affirmed that IT was being affected”.

AusTrade is advertising for a Group Manager, Online Services and Information Practices, who will take over responsibility for the agency’s online strategy, information and records management strategy and technology solutions.

At the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Ian Scensor has been promoted to Assistant Secretary in charge of Enterprise Applications.

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine has called on NSW Health and KPMG to boost the level of engagement with clinical staff as part of the establishment of the State Government’s new Health IT agency, eHealth NSW. The submission expresses a concern that early stages of the eHealth NSW development have involved too many bureaucrats and not enough doctors.

The Defence Materiel Organisation has approached the market for what it has called a "family" of Transportable Land Terminals which will form part of its satellite communications upgrade.

Long term NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham will not have his contract renewed by the department, after 10 years in the job.

A review by eGovernment blogger Craig Thomler suggests that the Australian Government has successfully completed all of the outcomes recommended in 2010 by the Government 2.0 Taskforce.


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