Cloud of concern over loss of devices
More than $400,000 worth of technological devices were lost or stolen from the State Government in 2015-16.
Figures provided in Parliament show 756 computers, laptops, tablets and phones worth $405,425.92 were reported stolen or lost in the past financial year.
The Education Department was responsible for more than half of the Government’s missing devices, with 343 missing computers, laptops and tablets and 21 phones valued at $209,516.
The Health Department was next, losing 75 devices worth $42,683, and WA Police third with 76 devices ($36,101).
After similar figures in 2013, Colin Barnett asked his department’s director-general Peter Conran to work with agencies on ways to safeguard resources.
Shadow treasurer Ben Wyatt said the figures were not acceptable.
“There will be iPads and phones and laptops stolen or lost when you have such a large amount of them in the public sector, but clearly ongoing figures of these amounts are not acceptable,” he said.
“The departments need to ensure that appropriate care is taken of those assets.”