Native Title Tribunal consolidates reporting, case management

Integrated Claim and Future Act Management System will replace decade-old systems in supported server environments

The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) is looking to consolidate and improve its case management and reporting systems in an effort to improve project management and workflow.

The current systems - the Case Management System (CMS) and Future Act Reporting and Statistical System (FARSS) - have been in place for ten years and run on an Oracle 9i server with the Windows 2000 operating system, neither of which are supported by their respective makers.

The tribunal’s proposed Integrated Claim and Future Act Management System (ICaFAMS) would replace both ageing systems in a Windows Server 2008 environment with a focus on project management, workflow, shared diaries and calendars, as well as the ability to report on spatial relations with claims and future native title acts. The system would reduce information duplication between case management and reporting, and have accurate access privileges to assure data quality and prevent inter-departmental communication on sensitive issues.

The system would use Single Sign On user authentication through Microsoft’s Active Directory, and integrate with Outlook 2010 for emails and calendars.

As many of the agreements moderated by the NNTT take place in regional areas, not all of the tribunal’s systems have Internet access, though some remote access systems are place.

The NNTT’s standard operating environment encompasses 13 or more applications, largely from Microsoft.

“The NNTT systems environment is very fragmented with a myriad of smaller systems that form the overall operating environment. While good reasons exist for all these different systems, it does create a challenging environment for users and support personnel,” agency documents read.

“The Agency is not just seeking a like for like replacement but innovative solutions that will provide opportunities to introduce improved functionality.”

The NNTT, part of the Federal Attorney-General’s portfolio, assesses and awards native title claims and negotiates indigenous land use agreements with a variety of parties, including mining companies, pastoralists and other relevant applicants.

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