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In other public sector ICT news this week,16 July 2012

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The Victorian Department of Human Services has awarded a $10.7 million contract to Fujitsu for the provision of infrastructure hosting for the Housing integrated information Program (HiiP).

The HiiP systems integrator NCSI has also been awarded $2.1 million on top of its original $4 million contract with the Department.  NCSI took on the project in 2008, after the contract with original systems integrator, Anite, was terminated.

Finance Minister Penny Wong says that the Federal Government is on track to have returned $1.8 billion in efficiency savings to the Commonwealth Budget by 2015-16, thanks to ICT reforms initiated by the 2008 Gershon Review.

“Cost reductions are being delivered through leveraging the size of the Australian Government to negotiate better terms for the supply of ICT goods and services,” said the Minister’s Report. The figure does not include $1 billion forecast to be saved through the Data Centre Strategy.

Two new members have been appointed to the Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board (SIGB), the body of agency executives in charge of the Federal Government’s ICT Reform agenda. Kathryn Campbell, Secretary of the Department of Human Services, and Simon Lewis, Associate Secretary at the Department of Defence formally joined the Board at its last meeting on the 5 June 2012.

From as early as next week, Sydney commuters entering the tunnels on the North Shore and Western Lines (from Central) who are users of either Optus or Telstra networks will be able to continue their mobile calls or web browsing uninterrupted, thanks to new network infrastructure installed by Optus.

IBM will join Datacom and Revera on the New Zealand Government’s Infrastructure as a Service panel. The panel “enables agencies to buy data centre housing and utility computing infrastructure on demand,” says the NZ Government Chief Information Office, and it is expected to save the Government between $50 million and $250 million over its ten-year lifetime.

IBM has also won a $4.5 million contract for the provision of Tririga software, support and maintenance to NSW Health.

Following a client inquiry, Intermedium received confirmation from the Department of Finance and Deregulation that printer and MFD contracts signed prior to the establishment of the whole-of-Government Major Office Machines panels do not have to be re-negotiated in accordance with the panel’s pricing template.

“There is a provision that allows the contracting parties to include support arrangements for legacy printers and MFDs under the MOMs contract.  However, any changes to pre-existing contracts including pricing or termination, is a matter for negotiation between agencies and their respective providers,” said a spokesperson.

Dr Pradeep Phillip has been appointed Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health. He had previously held the position of Deputy Secretary with the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Peter Severin has been appointed as the new Commissioner of NSW Corrective Services, replacing long-time chief Ron Woodham. Severin is formerly the head of South Australia’s prisons system. It was announced in April that Woodham would not have his contract renewed after ten years in the role. He takes on a new job as a community member of the State Parole Authority.

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