Immigration gets funds for IT upgrade

Record-keeping and information technology systems funding at the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMIA) has received a healthy shot in the arm from the federal government tonight as part of the budget.The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said the four-year, AU$500 million package -- including AU$119 million in offsets -- was designed to make the department's systems "more efficient, more accurate and better networked".

Record-keeping and information technology systems funding at the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMIA) has received a healthy shot in the arm from the federal government tonight as part of the budget.

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said the four-year, AU$500 million package -- including AU$119 million in offsets -- was designed to make the department's systems "more efficient, more accurate and better networked".

"Independent IT reviews finalised since last year's Palmer and Comrie reports found that the current systems were not meeting information needs, to the detriment of our most important stakeholders -- our clients.

"We agreed it wasn't good enough, we said we'd fix it, and that's what we're doing," she said.

Peter Costello, Budget 2006/06

The IT transformation is being undertaken under the banner of the Systems for People overhaul, which aims to give departmental officers a portal-based view of individual clients.

DIMIA came under fire over its handling of cases such as those involving Vivian Alvarez and Cornelia Rau.

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