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Migrants benefit from $1.4M contract

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M e d i a R e l e a s e

The Hon. Philip Ruddock MR Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Telephone: (06) 277 7860 Facsimile: (06) 273 4144

MPS 82/96


Migrants wanting to learn English will benefit from a $1.4 million computer contract awarded to a Canberra company, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Mr Philip Ruddock said today.

The Minister said Computer Training and Consultancy Pty Limited (CT&C), had been awarded the contract to upgrade and manage the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Reporting and Management System (ARMS).

"From the beginning of the first semester next year, it will be easier for migrants to register and enrol for English-language classes," Mr Ruddock said.

The Adult Migrant English Program provides English-language classes to more than 34,000 migrants Australia-wide each year.

The ARMS computer system streamlines client access to the AMEP, making it possible to schedule English-language classes when and where they are most needed, using advanced Windows and client server technology.

CT&C has considerable experience of the ARMS environment through its business partnerships with both Computer Associates Pty Ltd and SUN Microsystems Australia Pty Ltd. They have brought together a team of highly skilled consultants who are working closely with the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

(DIMA) to deliver the contract elements.

"The contract with CT&C is an example of best practice in information technology operation and management for the Department and is consistent with Government directions in information technology," Mr Ruddock said.

ARMS was implemented in November 1995 and was a finalist in the prestigious Computerworld Smithsonian Awards for its visionary use of information technology in the field of education and academia.


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