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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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29 Documentation for managing personnel development (PD) was finalised, including: Guidelines for PD planning A policy for PD planning and Agreements for recording personal objectives and personal development. The first sessions were held by the reporting year end. The review of policy matters and delegations to underpin the structure were deferred, ie, HR, procurement and financial delegations in draft form, including: Resolution of grievances Equal employment opportunity management and Political neutrality. 5.3 ITC operational support The NTEC continued to supplement its own skills base: postal vote processes, education materials and election software were enhanced using expertise sourced from outside the organisation. Provision of services by DBE and external ITC provider/s Officers from DBE and government contracted providers supplied ITC support throughout the year. To better manage risks and the project management lead-time involved, the NTEC gives prior advice of high operational requirements and timeframes to ensure support in the event of hardware/ software deficiencies and/or failure. Regular meetings are held to monitor ITC needs. The assignment of liaison officers by DBE facilitates quicker response times and provides a level of expertise not present in the agency. DBE provided timely logistical and ITC support during the office relocation, including the provision of NTG cabling into the building. ITC support for the local government elections will be discussed and implemented with DBE. Assistance for the LA elections, including the establishment of a tally room, will be further explored. A new contract was awarded for the redevelopment of the NTEC website and incorporated the requirement to operate under the SharePoint platform preferred for government websites. Work with the chosen providers on the redevelopment and acquisition of in-house software for election support in 2012 is expected to be finalised in the 2011-12 reporting year. ITC hardware NTEC desktop hardware is refreshed on a rotational basis. Discussions have indicated that the next refresh will be undertaken prior to the 2012 election year and, at the time of writing, an indicative date of October 2011 has been advised. Software The agency moved to Internet Explorer (IE) 8 after confirming with major stakeholders (councils and LA members) their capacity for the 2012 election year. Microsoft Office has been upgraded agency wide and all users are now operating with Office 2007. A move to Office 2010 has not yet been approved due to lingering compatibility issues with some essential third party software.