DVA runs an effective asset management program, registering assets on receipt in the financial management system and conducting an annual stocktake. Asset accounting functions and the management of intangible assets are centrally controlled, while day-to-day management of physical assets is decentralised to regional locations.
During 2012-13, DVA continued to review its accommodation across Australia, aiming to minimise the expense and extent of leased accommodation while maintaining its quality. The Department extended lease terms in a number of sites across the country, took occupancy of a new property in Winnellie (NT), and divested itself of the previous NT property in Palmerston and file storage in Chester Hill.
Under DVA’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Human Services, major activity during 2012-13 relates to the modernisation of DVA’s desktop environment. This project has three major streams –a new printer fleet (rollout completed in March 2013), new desktop hardware and new telecommunications arrangements (both of which are due to be completed in 2013-14).
The Contract Advisory Unit provides services in support of procurement and contracting activities. The unit provides specialist business advice to the Repatriation Commission, the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) and all areas of the Department engaged in procurement. Its services include developing contract templates; providing better practice guides on all aspects of the procurement cycle; providing contract management advice; and ensuring compliance with mandatory reporting requirements. The unit is also responsible for departmental procurement policy in accordance with government guidelines.