Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 833..
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Police force-computer aided dispatch
(Question No 1240)
Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 10 February 2004:
In relation to computer aided dispatch system (CADS):
(1) Did you state on 6 March last year that the new CADS will be operational in September or October 2003; if so, why is the system not operational;
(2) Did (a) you state in response to Question on Notice number 1188 that the project is to be completed by 30 June 2003 and (b) media reports out of the Coroner's Inquiry into the 2001 bushfires indicate that Mr Lucas Smith believed the system would be operational by April 2004; if so, what is the correct date for the system to be operational and why is there confusion about the completion date;
(3) How much funding had been expended on this project as at 31 January 2004 and what has been delivered for that expenditure.
Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) In response to Ms Dunne's question on 4 March 2003 regarding an update on the progress of the new ambulance dispatch system I did state that it was anticipated that the new computer aided dispatch system for the emergency services will be operational around September or October 2003.
Negotiations with the preferred tenderer over the terms of the contract took longer than anticipated at the time of my response. The contract was not executed until
5 May 2003. At the time Fujitsu signed the contract the agreed completion date had moved to 14 December 2003. However, this is a complex project that involves the concurrent development of both hardware and software and its integration, as well as the concurrent development and documentation of operational procedures. It also requires the retraining of many of the members of the emergency services in mission critical skills and must therefore be carefully designed and delivered.
(2)(a) In Question on Notice number 1188 I advised that "The project is expected to be completed by 30 June 2004"not 30 June 2003.