Victorian government beefs up compliance work

The Victorian government has beefed up its commitment to Y2K compliance, allocating an extra $133.5 million to ensure departments and agencies don't suffer from the millennium bug.

State Finance Minister Roger Hallam, who announced the funding at the same time as releasing a report detailing agencies' and portfolios' compliance status, said the allocation brought the total budget for millennium compliance to $480 million.

Hallam said the state government's report included all utilities - including those privatised power utilities that agreed last year to participate in government reporting.

Several agencies and portfolios, including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Victorian Electoral Commission, Community Housing Services Agencies and Corporate Finance, reported they'd completed their millennium compliance work. Most of the agencies and portfolios reported completion rates of more than 70 per cent. However, the Ambulance Rural Region reported that it had completed only 30 per cent of its millennium compliance work and the Community Health Services Southern Metro Region only 29.38 per cent.

"Our key objective in confronting the year 2000 issue remains the uninterrupted delivery of services to the public and business community," Hallam said.

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