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NSW integrates education systems under US$113 million initiative

New South Wales’ Department of Education and Communities is rolling out an integrated finance, HR, payroll and student administration system under an ambitious US$113 million (AUD$ 109 million) initiative.

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The Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) project will streamline business processes, while improving education and training services for educational institutions throughout the state.

The project delivers an integrated finance, procurement and human resources system, supporting the department’s 90,000-strong staff network.

New and improved student administration systems for schools as well as Technical and Further Education Institutes (TAFE) are also supported under the program.

This initiative transforms the department’s operations by standardising and streamlining agency-wide processes, says a department spokesperson, Mark Henderson.

“It was decided that instead of having separate rollouts, one for the new finance system, one for the new HR system and one for the new student administration and learning management system, they would be delivered as an integrated solution.”

Up to 2,200 government schools will directly benefit from the project when fully operational.

The department coordinates the delivery of education and training for 753,596 primary and secondary students in New South Wales.

Following an audit of the project last year, the department has incorporated a new governance model into its planning blueprint, with an increased focus on information transparency and business-user engagement.

A shared service centre will streamline the allocation of roles, responsibilities and resources. The focus is on additional staff training and testing.

To minimise disruption to staff in schools and TAFE colleges, the department has contracted a solutions provider that specialises in end-to-end integrated project management.

The LMBR contract is awarded to Accenture as a consortium partner, project-managing an eight-year SAP roll-out.

Other consortium members include Avanade Australia, Presence of IT and Tribal Group.

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