NSW Environment eyes new management system

NSW Environment eyes new management system

Application integration a priority

The NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is seeking enterprise software for a new regulatory management system that supports its environment protection and regulation division's core business processes.

The Environment Protection and Regulation Division (EPRD) Licensing and Assessment System executes DEC's regulatory activities across Aboriginal cultural heritage, threatened species conservation, and environmental protection.

Of these, only the environmental protection regulation is supported by a division-wide system - the Integrated Statutory Environmental Management System (ISEMS).

DEC has released a tender for a new regulatory system which will replace ISEMS and provide support for the other regulatory areas. In addition, the new system will fully support the planning assessment processes that DEC is responsible for under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

This application manages all stages of the business processes involved in issuing licences, consents, permits, and certificates for environment protection.

The scope of the new system will also encompass new services such as the online submission of client data and interfaces with existing departmental apps, like financial and GIS.

End users of the system include EPRD licensing officers, compliance audit officers, directors, planning assessment applicants, and the general public via the Public Register.

Basic requirements of the new application include a Web browser interface to allow access from multiple sites throughout the state, and to interface with the SAP financial system, the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS), DEC's litigation and complaint databases, and the Wildlife Atlas.

According to the "buy not build policy", DEC is "seeking to acquire an 'off the shelf' packaged solution that would satisfy, at least 80 percent of the mandatory requirements with some customization".

"It is expected that the preferred solution would have already been implemented elsewhere," according to the requirements. "Development proposals will not be entertained although customization of an existing package is expected."

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