APVMA’s digital services to receive welcome funding boost

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority welcomes the Australian Government $10.1 million investment in its digital strategy.

APVMA CEO, Dr Chris Parker, said that funding would assist the APVMA to deliver an enabling technology program that addressed the need to modernise the information communication technology (ICT) of the organisation and enable improved regulatory services from its new home in regional Australia.

“The digital strategy outlines our vision for a digitally enabled regulator by 2022, and the investment announced in Budget 2018–19 will go a long way in helping us to realise our goals,” Dr Parker said.

“We will use this funding to immediately address the APVMA’s ageing and fragmented ICT environment, digitise our records and modernise regulatory services for clients.”

Priority investment in the APVMA’s technology platforms, complemented by improved business processes and a new business operating model, will support more efficient regulation over time by unlocking productivity gains in the assessment and registration of agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

“Our approach is to establish the foundational ICT that will enable improvements through cloud based services, a unified communications solution and joined up applications that connect data and people across our business,” Dr Parker said.

“This promise of enhanced digital capability will mean more self-service options for clients, greater workflow automation and a reduction in the manual processes that have slowed application assessment and hindered efforts to improve time frame performance.

“With funding confirmed for our digital strategy, work is now progressing for the procurement of IT services and products that will support our regulatory business.”

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