Sunshine state gets Y2K tick of approval

Twenty five Queensland government departments and agencies have finished most of their Y2K work ahead of schedule, according to the Minister for Communication and Information, Terry Mackenroth.

"Last week in Parliament I tabled the latest in a series of reports which detail the progress of our government departments and agencies in Y2K assessment and rectification as well as contingency planning," Mackenroth said.

The minister said he was confident that both public and private sectors in Queensland had taken very well structured and precisely planned approaches to managing Y2K issues.

"The Y2K program office in our Department of Communication and Information, Local Government and Planning recently undertook a detailed stocktake of the readiness of major service providers," Mackenroth said.

According to Mackenroth, parliament has received an update on preparedness of the Queensland electricity supply industry, statutory authorities, port authorities and water and sewerage infrastructure.

"All were currently on schedule to complete Y2K projects by the end of the year and many had already completed assessment and rectification work," he said.

Mackenroth was addressing the Queensland Y2K Infrastructure Forum in Brisbane. The Forum, hosted by the Commonwealth Government's year 2000 Industry Program, brought together leading industry groups, utilities and infrastructure organisations to discuss Y2K readiness.

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