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Wednesday, 15 March 2000
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Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 21 January 2000.

(1) What was the total cost of work undertaken by the department to ensure that all systems were year 2000 compliant.

(2) (a) Who were the consultants selected as part of the above work; and what was the cost of each consultant.

(3) Where consultants were engaged, were they selected through a tender process; if not, why not.

(3) Have there been any problems with any systems within the department or any agencies since 1 January 2000; if so: (a) what was the nature of each problem; and (b) has each problem been corrected.

Senator Herron (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) —The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has provided the following information in response to the honourable senator's question:

(1) $327,000 covering the period June 97 to 1 January 2000.

(2) (a) and (b) CSC Australia Pty Ltd, were funded to complete a range of enhancements to a system know as CANDA. This included a small component of Y2K remediation. The Y2K component of this contract is estimated at $10,000. They were selected to build the system by Tender however as the Y2K work was part of a series of enhancements to this system, it was not possible to tender for this component in isolation from the rest of the work.

CompuTechnics were contracted for enhancements to the Objective Ministerial Tracking System. As CompuTechnics own this software it was not possible to undertake a tender process, nor was it justified given the value of the project. The Y2K work cost $12,000.

Candle Australia Ltd provided contract labour for IT testing services. Cost $20,000. Candle Australia were selected through a selective tendering process.

(3) Response included in the answer to question (2) above.