Cabinet reshuffle: Access Card project gets new head

Cabinet reshuffle: Access Card project gets new head

Summary: New headof Access Card Project


update Former Environment minister Ian Campbell will take over the reins of the controversial Access Card program after the latest Howard Government revamp.

Human services minister Joe Hockey, who until now has been heading the Access Card project, has been appointed Workplace Relations minister.

Campbell will head up the Human Services portfolio which brings under one umbrella six agencies -- Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support Agency, CRS Australia, Australian Hearing and Health Services Australia.

The challenge for Campbell will be overseeing the introduction of the AU$1 billion health and social services access card. The card will replace 17 health and social service cards, including the Medicare card, and will contain personal data such as name, address, and concession status on a chip.

Under Hockey, a request for tender for a systems integrator (for the card) was issued early this month. Tenders will close on 1 March.

The government also expected to issue a second request for tender for card issuance and management this month. Subsequent tenders for network service providers -- which will supply terminals and networks, and IT infrastructure services, would follow from January.

The access card project has been ongoing since it was first confirmed by Hockey and then Senator Eric Abetz, the Special Minister of State, in September 2005. At the time Abetz told ZDNet Australia that the government hoped to have the first cards rolled out in around two years.

Topics: Health, Emerging Tech, Government AU

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Facebookster

    Facebookster - We can provide a full range of facebook application strategy, design, development and marketing for your business. Our service offerings will allow you to maximize and leverage the facebook social graph of 32+ Million users.
    We have been providing new media strategy, consulting and development for Fortune 100 Clients & Start-ups for several years. Our team of consultants, project managers and programmers are intimately familiar with the DNA of facebook and how to build an application that meets your business requirements.
    <a href=””></a> or <a href=””></a>
  • OpenSocial Factory

    OpenSocial Factory - Where social networking applicatios come to life!<br>
    Are you in need of a custom Facebook application or an OpenSocial application for social network? We are happy to build even the most robust applications to help promote your company in the realm of social media across any social network.<br><br>
    Visit now: <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a>