The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has dropped the amount it is shelling out for contractors while stepping up its in-house employee spend, according to its annual report released yesterday.
The authority, charged with steering Australia towards electronic health records, spent just over $9 million on
contractors for the year to 30 June 2009 compared to over $11 million last year.
Meanwhile, it increased the amount it spent on in-house wages to around $21 million from $16 million.
This brought the percentage of employee spend due to contractors
down to 30 per cent from around 41 per cent in the previous year.
"The majority of fixed-term employment contracts expired on 30
June 2009. After NEHTA received funding to continue the work
program until June 2012, an assessment process was undertaken to
determine the resources needed for each program area and a new
contractual process commenced," the authority's annual report
The number of full-time employees which NEHTA employed at 30
June was 190, up from 169 the previous year. According to its site, the
authority is currently looking for people to fill positions ranging from
software development, testing and conformance, enterprise architects
Although the authority saved on contractors, it spent big on
consultants. It's splashed out just over $26 million on the
advisory services, up from just over $2 million the year
This accounted for a large proportion of the authority's
allocated $64.7 million income for the year. The authority overspent by
just over $2.2 million.
NEHTA has been tackling a wide swathe of issues on which it
might wish to consult, including privacy implications of health
identifiers, addressing concerns of stakeholders with the standards
it has developed and the implementation of its newly developed