The Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA) has won a prestigious Smithsonian Bronze Medal for its visionary use of technology.
The Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington DC, recognised DEETYA's achievements in delivering such services as the Australian Job Search system.
The Australian Job Search system includes an Australia wide network of touch screens to give job seekers access to a database of some 20,000 job vacancies. Initially the system incorporated 2250 touch screens in 317 CES offices throughout Australia. The touch screens are now deployed in 277 Centrelink sites. The AJS network is linked online real-time to the DEETYA mainframe which is also connected to 6000 back office Employment Service Provider terminals.
Sterling Software's COOL:Gen was a key tool used to develop the AJS system. COOL:Gen was formerly Texas Instruments' Composer, which Sterling acquired when it bought TI's software business last June for $US165 million.