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Project Manager : April May 2011
7 www.aipm.com.au Project manager neWs • ag questions aFP initiatives A report by the Auditor-General has questioned whether Australian Federal Police (AFP) law enforcement initiatives costing up to $6 billion represent value for money and can be delivered on time, says The Canberra Times. The Australian National Audit office report tabled in the Senate on 16 February found that only 30 per cent of project plans contained “basic elements about what was expected” and that a review of risk management policies had been pushed back by 20 months. The report said the AFP had been “generally effective” in updating its broad governance structures, enhancing policy development and advising capabilities, but “implementation had not been as effective”. The Auditor-General found that while the AFP has experienced unprecedented growth since 2000-01, improvements to planning, project management and executive reporting were necessary if “the AFP is to maintain a clear view of the status of various initiatives, and provide assurance [they] are being effectively managed”. The Australian Visa Bureau, an independent consulting company that assists people to lodge visa applications with Australian embassies, reports that looming skills shortages are fuelling demand for overseas IT professionals. Recruiters say that more companies are now prepared to sponsor professionals from overseas to stem the talent shortfall if work starts on the National Broadband Network. The trend is supported by the latest data from the Australian Immigration Department showing that in November 2010 the top three occupations for 457 primar y visa grants were developer programmer, management consultant and software and applications programmer. Because only a small number of recruitment agencies can sponsor and on-hire overseas IT workers, they’re calling on the government to allow for more flexibility so overseas IT professionals can work under contract rather than be employed permanently. A spokesman from the Immigration Department said the government was not considering an exception to the requirement for IT professionals. Probe into water-saving scheme TelSTra claiMS SucceSS in HalTing cuSToMer exoduS recruiters say fill skills gap with migrants Telstra CEO David Thodey said in February that the telco’s launch of its $1 billion effort to staunch the haemorrhaging of customers is already paying off. He claimed that the one million mobile and fixed broadband clients who had already signed up to Project New, which amounted to “a little bit more than expected”, had delivered Telstra’s strongest ever six-month period. However, The Australian reported that Telstra’s growth in mobile-broadband had been offset by “the continuing rot in the fixed- line business”, which declined a further eight per cent ($250m) in revenue. Thodey confirmed that he didn’t expect sales to be as good as the first half of the year and the yet unsubstantiated flood damage bill was an additional consideration. ToP 3viSa granTS • develoPer PrograMMer • ManageMenT conSulTanT • SoFTware + aPPlicaTionS PrograMMer online poll online Poll is change management a subset of project management ? 72% yeS 21% no 5% THey are THe SaMe 2% don’T know THINkSToCk
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