O’Farrell outsources management of government offices

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The NSW government has announced that it will outsource management of its office accommodation requirements after Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance called for expressions of interest from private sector suppliers. The move to outsourcing will send management of what the government estimates is a portfolio of 830 […]

Cloud and open data pushed in NSW government ICT Strategy update

By Paul Hemsley The New South Wales government has revealed the next step in its ambitious plan to improve service delivery to the public and business through better technology after it released its new ICT Strategy Implementation Plan that will bring in both a new open data policy and a new cloud policy to bring […]

NSW agencies covered by new cloud policy

By Julian Bajkowski The New South Wales government has added to a downpour of public sector cloud computing policy announcements in the past week, revealing the state’s departments and agencies will now be compelled to put the popular technology into the mix for assessment when making technology purchases. Announced by Minister for Finance and Services […]

Corruption crackdown on IT contractors in NSW

By Julian Bajkowski Fresh from making findings of corrupt conduct against former New South Wales Cabinet ministers and Labor Party power brokers, the state’s unrelenting watchdog against dodgy dealings in the government has turned its spotlight onto the often creative industry of IT contracting. The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) this week set out […]

O’Farrell turfs NSW Finance Minister over conflict of interest

By Paul Hemsley New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services and the Illawarra, Greg Pearce MLC, has finally been sacked by the state’s Premier Barry O’Farrell following a fresh revelation of a conflict of interest related to his Cabinet position. In an terse and unambiguously worded a statement issued unexpectedly late on Thursday afternoon, […]

Motorola tuned out of government radio deal

By Paul Hemsley The New South Wales Government has changed channels on the day-to-day management, monitoring, maintenance and service restoration of the state’s Government Radio Network. The NSW Telco Authority, which oversees government radio communications assets and services, has confirmed that it will move from Motorola to Airwave in a deal that aims to improve […]

Pearce eases NSW telecommunications procurement

By Paul Hemsley New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce has simplified the means for state government agencies to procure telecommunications equipment, infrastructure and services in a new plan that reflects the O’Farrell government’s broader plan of creating a single and consistent way for agencies to operate procurement. The scheme has been […]

NSW overhauls contingent workforce recruitment

By Staff writers New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, has pushed on with a shake-up to open the state government’s procurement machinery to a wider array of suppliers, with human resources and recruitment services now squarely in the frame. Recent changes ushered in by Mr Pearce’s department have been revealed in […]

Pearce calls in tech suppliers

Staff writers   The New South Wales Department of Finance has announced that it will hold a special information session for suppliers outlining its new Information and Communications Technology Services Scheme to spell out the procurement overhaul.   The scheme opened for supplier applications at the end of January 2012 and comes as Finance Minister […]

O’Farrell to privatise road maintenance

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The New South Wales government is planning to outsource the state’s $900 million a year road maintenance operations in a move that will send around 500 public sector jobs to private contractors. The government has confirmed that the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) of NSW is now finalising  the […]

Pearce spells out procurement changes

By Paul Hemsley New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce has launched the state government’s latest procurement blueprint as Macquarie Street attempts to repair previously strained relationships with the supplier community and deliver better value to taxpayers. Known as the Strategic Directions Statement, the new guidelines aim to simplify and untangle the […]

Council rates at risk in NSW land valuation bungle

By Julian Bajkowski Substantial miscalculations in the value of rural land have come back to bite the New South Wales bureaucracy after Broken Hill City Council confirmed it wants the state to stump up almost $7 million in overcharged rates that were levied on mining company Perilya. NSW Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce […]

NSW government reaffirms intellectual property flows

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley The New South Wales government has maintained a crucial concession to the local software industry and continued arrangements that cede intellectual property (IP) rights back to technology developers by default – rather than returning a system where the government retains IP under state procurement deals. The confirmation that existing […]


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