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New PCs delivered to 270 Indigenous organisations

23/9/2002

Joint statement by ATSIC Commissioners Terry Whitby and Desmone Williams

ATSIC has successfully completed a $700,000 refit of all 270 Indigenous organisations in the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme with top-quality computers and printers.

The machines were delivered to every CDEP organisation in every state and territory — some as remote as the tip of Cape York, Bathurst Island or the Western Desert, others in urban centres such as Newcastle, Canberra and Launceston.

Thirty computers remain with ATSIC as spares and back-up units.

The contract for the 300 Acer computers and Kyocera laser printers was awarded to A&R Computer Services of South Australia on the basis of value-for-money, professionalism and support.

ATSIC arranged the installation of the new computers and for the superseded machines to be wiped of data and restored to peak operating condition to provide the organisations with an additional resource to use as they see fit.

CDEP organisations run ATSIC’s software package CDEPManager to account for rosters, hours worked, payments and acquittal of grants. By standardising the hardware we hope to make it simpler for organisations to meet their obligations to their clients and to ATSIC.

CDEP is ATSIC’s largest program, providing employment and training opportunities to 35,000 Indigenous participants in a range of activities that benefit themselves and their communities. The scheme, which began in 1977, is currently operating at close to 100% capacity. Participants give up their unemployment benefits to earn a similar amount for a set number of hours of work each week.

Depending on the location, CDEP activities can include office work and administration, broadcasting, retail, child and aged care, arts and crafts, farming, environmental protection, municipal services or health and substance abuse support.

Terry Whitby (WA Central Zone) Desmone Williams (NSW East Zone) Commissioners for Employment and CDEP

Contact: Martin Freckmann, ATSIC Media 02 6121 4962

Specifications Acer Veriton 7200D Mini Tower PC, Pentium 4 1.7 GHz, 256MG DDR-SDRAM, 20GB 72000RPM HDD, 32MB AGP Graphics, Zip Drive, 17” Acer CRT monitor, MS Windows 98SE, MS Works Suite 2002, peripherals including Zip disks and dust covers. Kyocera FS-1010 laser printer, 14ppm, 600x600dpi, 16MB RAM

 

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