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Treasury to move to e-learning

The Australian Government Treasury will shortly adopt an e-learning system to help provide meaningful and cost-effective training to staff.

The Treasury currently uses a specific training module of its Aurion HR information system to provide staff training and does not offer staff any e-learning-based training.

Training is delivered by a number of different sections of the Treasury on topics such as Microsoft applications, in-house applications, departmental procedures, compliance training and leadership and development courses.

Specific areas of need include the ability to rapidly author e-learning training for HR soft skill training and compliance training for physical and IT Security, and the authoring of e-learning including the ability to create software application training with show/try/test features.

"The ability to transfer/develop some of this course content into an e-learning environment with the implemented course authoring tool will greatly assist in the Treasury's ability to provide meaningful and cost-effective training to staff," Treasury documents on the project read.

According to the Treasury, the new learning management system will import historical data from Aurion and be used to manage "event-based learning" and e-learning in the same environment.

It is expected that the new system will also cut down on the large amounts of data entry human resources staff must do for training completed offsite at conferences and seminars.

The Treasury has about 1050 employees, the majority of which are based in Canberra with the remainder of staff located in Sydney, Melbourne and in overseas posts.

Along with the Aurion v10 -- Human Resource Maintenance Information System (HRMIS), Treasury's IT environment also includes Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise -- 64-bit architecture; Office 2007 and 2010; SharePoint 2007 and 2010; IE8; TRIM v6; and Citrix for remote access.

At the start of the year, the Treasury said it would begin to replace its ageing private automatic branch exchange (PABX) system with voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Its ACT offices were to be upgraded to include a new phone, instant messaging, conferencing and telepresence system.

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