Cloud of con­cern over loss of de­vices

Pilbara News - - News - Dylan Ca­porn

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.”

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