Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 29 June 2010) . . Page.. 2823 ..
awards. One of the things the president cited as a success was that ACT procurement was establishing a way to allow smaller local firms to tender for work. I guess my concern is just that both of these two positive changes actually take place and are not really window-dressing. I also note that procurement ACT’s website has steadily improved and I hope that it will continue to improve in the future, especially in terms of its search functionality.
I will briefly mention some of the other areas in Shared Services. While human resources clearly have been impacted by the recruitment freeze, it does appear that they are able to manage that change in their operations without too many problems. In regard to finance services, again it is pleasing to see the Oracle system is now fully implemented, with only one instance across the ACT government. This is another example of the savings that are possible with good IT—getting back to my earlier theme.
In conclusion, I would just like to say Shared Services is a very important area that keeps the government going. I do think it needs more attention, specifically, of course, in IT and procurement.
MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.10): The Shared Services area is an area of the government which performs some very important roles, including HR, finance, procurement and others. It is interesting that when you go back to the Ernst & Young strategic budget review, tabled by the Chief Minister last year, it talks about Shared Services being an important part of the strategic future of the government. The review compiled by Ernst & Young discusses the aim when setting up TAMS, by bringing all these different functions under one umbrella, and that it has not necessarily delivered all the benefits and efficiencies that it was intended to deliver. However, it does state that perhaps more services could be incorporated within Shared Services.
Ms Gallagher: I’m listening, Alistair.
MR COE: Very good. I am glad—
Ms Gallagher: Let’s just wrap it all up, shall we?
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Are you drawing my attention to the state of the house?
Ms Gallagher: No, I’m not. Everyone has just gone for a cup of tea.
MR COE: I am glad the Treasurer is listening, as are the many tens of thousands of people listening to the webstream, I am sure, Mr Assistant Speaker.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Well, hello to Alistair Coe’s mother in that case.
MR COE: A big cheerio.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Cheerio to Mrs Coe.
MR COE: It is interesting that the Ernst & Young report states: