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Annual Report 1988-1989 Department of Lands and Housing



Annual Report 1988-1989 Department of Lands and Housing

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CHAPTER 3: MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES Finance A summary of the Department of Lands and Housings Revenue and Expenditure for the year ended 30 June 1989 is at Appendices 2, 3, 4 and 5. The financial details for the Northern Territory Housing Commission for which the Department of Lands and Housing provides administrative services on an agency basis are contained in the Annual Report of the Housing Commission which is issued separately. Communications and Technology The on-going redevelopment of housing in fo rm a tio n sy s tem s o n to the NT G o v e rn m e n t C o m p u tin g N etw ork continued, and by the end of 1990 the Department will have realised its objective of removing the reliance on in-house computer processing. It is anticipated that the current computer will be disposed of by 1990 following the design and installation of a Tenancy/Rental system and the replacem ent o f the existing maintenance system. Major achievements in the year were: * completion of a functional specification for the implementation o f the new Tenancy/Rentals system; * a new Home Loans Information System (PROMORT) was installed in July 1988 which provides greater efficiency and management in the administration of the NT Housing Commissions Home Loans portfolio; * new improved Information Systems were implemented in the areas of Purchasing, Desktop Publishing, ADP Asset Control and Word Processing; * a new PABX telecommuni cations system linking the Departments Head Office with the NT Government network was installed and will realise considerable savings in telephone and communication expenses, and make improved technology (eg. satellite communications) available; * an Office Automation Working Group was formed and in conjunction with the Departments Information Plan is developing a strategy to take Lands and Housing Computer Systems and Technology into the 1990s; and * further enhancements to the MAPNET map data base that operates on the N.T. Governments IBM network. Software that enables information in map form to be accessed via the general network was purchased and modified to operate in the MAPNET environment. The modified software, known as the MAPLINQ sub-system, has overcome the previous limitation that communications with the data base had to be via expensive high speed lines.