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(3) Over the preceding three months (July to September 2005) 91.90% of dwellings allocated have been to members of either Early Allocation Category 1 or Early Allocation Category 2.

UnITy project
(Question No 762)

Mrs Burke asked the Chief Minister (redirected to the Treasurer), upon notice, on 16 November 2005:

(1) What is the Unity Project;

(2) When was the project established and for what reasons;

(3) Is there a fee structure for clients accessing any services relating to the project.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The unITy Project was initiated by InTACT following a Government Decision in April 2005. Its overall objective is to reform the delivery of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) services within the ACT Government.

(2) The unITy Project commenced operations in June 2005 and consists of team members with specialist skills drawn from across the ACT Government.

The primary aim of this project is to reform the delivery of whole-of-government ICT services via the restructuring of InTACT and all agency based ICT staff into a single merged services organisation responsible for all aspects of IT and telecommunication services delivered to the ACT Government.

Education ICT functions are not included in the scope of the reforms.

The functional responsibilities highlighted for transfer to the “new InTACT” include IT infrastructure, IT management and administration, application support and development, IT related project activity and operational policy.

The project provides an opportunity to reduce the internal transaction costs associated with the existing complex relationships between InTACT and agencies, while at the same time creating opportunities to leverage the benefits of scale in the way individual agencies acquire, develop, maintain and support business applications.

The project team has focused its efforts on a range of implementation issues including governance, organisational design, service level agreements, financing arrangements, asset and consumption management, and primarily the identification of staff, systems and projects for transfer to the new organisation which was launched on 1 October 2005.

The unITy Project was formally closed on 25 November 2005 with the transfer of responsibilities for integration moving to the new InTACT Agency Operations Branch.

(3) No. The unITy Project has no clients as such and therefore no fee structure is in place.

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