Records go on­line

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

Vic­to­ri­ans will be able to ac­cess birth, death and mar­riage cer­tifi­cates on­line un­der a over­haul of the state’s out­dated records sys­tem by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment.

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Martin Pakula an­nounced last week the re­lease of the Re­quest for Ten­der for a new IT sys­tem for the Reg­istry of Births, Deaths and Mar­riages.

He said in a boon for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans, last-minute over­seas trav­ellers and any­one want­ing to ac­cess their per­sonal records quickly, the 27-year-old sys­tem would be re­placed by a more ef­fi­cient one to meet mod­ern de­mands.

The reg­istry is seek­ing bids for a new core business sys­tem to re­place its ob­so­lete records man­age­ment sys­tem.

The new sys­tem will also pro­vide more ac­cu­rate cross-ref­er­enc­ing of records and a bet­ter col­lec­tion and anal­y­sis of pop­u­la­tion data.

‘‘This re­quest for ten­der is a ma­jor step in bring­ing the Reg­istry of Births, Deaths and Mar­riages into the mod­ern world,’’ Mr Pakula said.

‘‘Vic­to­ri­ans de­serve a con­sis­tent, fast dig­i­tal sys­tem for their im­por­tant records.

‘‘The cur­rent sys­tem was built more than 25 years ago, has limited flex­i­bil­ity for on­line in­no­va­tion, and is fast ap­proach­ing full ca­pac­ity for the stor­age of doc­u­ments.’’

The Reg­istry of Births, Deaths and Mar­riages holds about 14 mil­lion records, and each year adds 77 000 births, 37 000 deaths, 29 000 mar­riages and 11 000 change-of­name reg­is­tra­tions.

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