Skip to main content

In other government news this week, 10 March 2014

by Intermedium •
Subscriber preview

WA Health is seeking submission for the provision of an Integrated Program Management Office (IPMO) to manage the Fiona Stanley Hospital Commissioning and Major Hospital Transition Integrated program.The IPMO will be required to performance manage the progress towards critical milestones and key activities. ICT will fall under the job description as the IPMO must make sure all system for the Fiona Stanley Hospital are “designed, procured, installed, tested, operated and maintained”. The new Hospital was intended to be the first paperless facility of its kind in the country, however, complications mean it will now be required to use paper. FSH was allocated an ICT $60 million budget in the 2013-14 Budget.

The Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) has contracted Oakton for $4.7 million to re-build, host and manage its Document Verification Service (DVS). “The DVS is a secure, online system that provides for automated checks of the accuracy and validity of information on the key government documents commonly presented as evidence of identity,” according to the AGD website. Oakton will shift the current DVS from the legacy IBM DB2 Platform to a new Microsoft .NET SQL server over the next six months. According to AGD’s 2012-13 Annual Report, “Further work is being undertaken to make DVS services available for private sector use.”

Fire and Rescue NSW has replaced its Microsoft Windows Desktops with Google Chromebox across each of its 339 station, reports Computerworld. Fire and Safety was originally replacing its “occurrence book” in which fire stations record everything that happened. As it was developed it was realised that new hardware would be required to support the electronic book. Host told Computerworld, “Because the system would have to be accessed at a moment’s notice, it wasn’t satisfactory to use one of the existing PCs that someone could be using… We knew that we that we would need to put another PC in every one of our 339 fire stations.” Significant savings would be achieved by choosing Chrome over Windows according to Host. “You save 50 per cent just in the upfront cost and then you save after that [with] all the licensing software you don’t have to buy,” said Host.

City of Melbourne council has contracted Database Consultants in a $537,000, three-year contract to install and operate a pay-by-phone parking system as an alternative payment method. Motorists will be able to pay for parking using a smartphone app or by calling a customer service centre in more than 12,000 bays across the city. The system is part of a scheme to reduce the amount of meters from 3,800 to 1,000.

The Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) Suzanne Campbell believes that Australia’s public sector “needs to start leading by example”, reports Government News. The AIIA is urging all levels of government to adopt new technology measures that can generate efficiency gains and bring more services online. This is reflected in the AIIA’s SmartICT 2014 platform that Australia could jeopardise its comparative advantage in IT if steps are not taken to keep the industry competitive. “The risk for government of the current pace of change is that Australia’s economic performance continues to decline with a further negative and longer term impact for Australia’s deficit – more debt for longer and with less prospect of regaining ground lost to more advanced nations”, states Campbell.


Related Articles:

Fiona Stanley ditches paperless ambitions

Victoria and WA to opt-in to COAG’s Document Verification Service

AIIA announces formation of ACT Branch


For more information, please contact the Editor (02) 9955 9896.

Copyright: The intellectual property in this article is owned by Intermedium. Purchaser or authorised user may not distribute, promote, or otherwise use any Intermedium information or material for any external use without express written permission from the Director, Intermedium.        

Already a subscriber? Sign in here to keep reading

Want more content like this? Contact our team for subscription options!

  • Stay up-to-date on the latest news in government
  • Navigate market uncertainty with executive-level reports
  • Gain a deeper understanding of public sector procurement trends
  • Know exactly where government is spending
  • Border Security