​TAFE NSW to bin costly IT system

The Learning Management and Business Reform project that was rolled out to TAFE NSW in 2009 is being scrapped.

The New South Wales government plans to introduce a new student enrolment system to TAFE NSW in time for the 2018 enrolment period.

The new system will replace the current system that was originally implemented by the NSW Department of Education and Communities back in 2009 as part of the Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) project.

The LMBR project was designed to replace the then 15-year-old legacy finance, human resources, and payroll systems with SAP systems. The system was rolled out to both public schools and TAFE NSW.

However, throughout the LMBR project, the education department suffered delays and continued budget blowouts. In the end, the system cost the government approximately AU$458.7 million to roll out instead of the initial budgeted AU$386 million.

Minister for Skills John Barilaro said TAFE NSW has commenced testing new enrolment systems on the market, noting it will continue to use the existing system in the interim.

"A modern, cloud-based system will enable students to easily manage their training records and TAFE NSW to adapt more quickly to new policy settings," he said.

"The new system will need to effectively support TAFE NSW's financial systems in the new commercial and contestable training environment."

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