Monday, October 27, 2008

Australian Government Rostering System Tender

The Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has issued a Request for Tender for a Staff Timesheet Rostering and Allocation Information Technology System (DAFF 151/08 24-Oct-2008). This should be expanded to provide a government wide, wenb based service, in line with the with the recommendations of the Gershon Report on Australian Government ICT.

The tender documents include a very comprehensive 67 page "Statement of Requirements - Business Requirements". There is also a ten page document on the technical details of the AQIS data network. The data network details are interesting in that it includes mobile connections via the public Internet and mobile phones. It is likely that tenderers will offer web based systems in response.

As with the multiple e-recruitment system tenders, it seems likely that there are other Australian Government agencies with essentially the same requirements. The government should therefore expand this tender to meet other agencies requirements. Apart from lowering costs and increasing the flexibility of the system it would also reduce the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of the system. This would fit with the recommendations of the Gershon Report on Australian Government ICT.

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