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Armidale relocation and Enabling Technologies
The building at 102 Taylor Street Armidale was completed ahead of schedule, with staff taking up residence in early June 2019. This modern office is capable of accommodating up to 150 staff and will serve as the headquarters of the APVMA. More than 130 staff now work from this office, with more staff expected to come on board before the end of 2019. In addition, the APVMA’s operations are supported by around 40 regulatory scientists and specialist decision makers in our Canberra office.
We have continued to implement our Enabling Technologies Program as part of the digital strategy, stabilising and transforming our information and communications technology (ICT) operating environment. In March 2019, we transferred our ICT service desk functions to DXC Technologies as part of a wider initiative to modernise our service platforms and improve support arrangements for the APVMA. Significant progress was made preparing our systems to move to cloud-based infrastructure, with migrations to be completed in the early part of 2019–20. We upgraded our Human Resources and Financial Management systems with cloud-based software. Our records management software, Objective, was also upgraded, with long-term support arrangements put in place to ensure the effective operation of the platform into the future.