This week’s Ombudsman’s report on Government ICT projects including CRIS, the system used in child protection, leads today’s update. The removal of out-of-home care services from Warrnambool agency Community Connections, and child protection issues in the ACT and Tasmania also feature.
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Ombudsman’s report on Government ICT projects
The Victorian Ombudsman this week issued a highly critical report on a range of Government ICT projects, including CRIS, the system earlier criticised in the Ombudsman’s 2009 report on child protection. The report was undertaken in consultation with the Victorian Auditor-General.
The report found that, in addition to significant cost over-runs ($48m) funded from programs including child protection, serious issues remain with the CRIS system, and that the recommendations of a fit-for-purpose review ordered in the Ombudsman’s 2009 report (completed 30 May 2010) had not been adequately addressed by DHS (see p.89 ff.).
- Own motion investigation into ICT-enabled projects, Victorian Ombudsman, November 2011
- Ombudsman lashes inept myki, police database projects, The Age, 24 November 2011
- Related coverage: Computer system ‘a threat to children’, The Age, 13 April 2011
Warrnambool agency loses out-of-home care services
- Agency stripped of its child protection duties, The Age, 25 November 2011
- Further cuts at welfare agency, The Standard, 25 November 2011
- Out-of-home care services to transfer to new providers, Victorian Government Media Release, 24 November 2011
- Joint media statement by new providers, 24 November 2011
Child protection issues, ACT and Tasmania
- Child protection services shake-up, ABC TV News ACT, 22 November 2011
- Calls for Tassie sex inquiry to be widened, ABC Radio National AM, 22 November 2011
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