Community Involvement- Volunteer Work

Our Junior Records Consultant Jade frequently volunteers at the following organisations:

  • Perth Children Hospital in the Fun on Four Department cleaning up after and playing with the children. (Weekly) 
  • UniMentor at UWA providing mentoring and guidance to new international and domestic students. 
  • Emmaus House, a half way house for women affected by incarceration, domestic violence and homelessness.  (Weekly) 
  • St John First Aid Responder which means that if someone calls 000 within 500m, Jade is called to the scene to provide first aid until the ambulance arrives. 
  • St John Early Education Centre teaching young children how to dial 000 in the event of an emergency occurring to a parent or caregiver.  (Weekly)  
  • Jade occasionally volunteers in the Medical Incident Response Vehicle at WA CAMS rally's providing care and first aid to any injured competitors.

Community Involvement- Endometriosis Australia

Information Proficiency is proud to announce that our very own Junior Records Manager, Jade White will be standing in support of Endometriosis Australia later this year. Jade will be hosting an art stall at this years  Darlington Arts Festival from November 2nd-3rd. All the featured pieces of art have been donated by local and aspiring talent and all profits will be donated directly to Endometriosis Australia to help fund further research into the cause, prevention and treatment of endometriosis. 

Community Involvement- Share the Dignity

Information Proficiency and Sigma Data Solutions believes in supporting the local community. We do this through both volunteering time and providing sponsorship.  

We participate in Share the Dignity's #itsinthebag campaign where, with the help of our staff and local businesses, we donate bags to women experience hardship. Such bags include personal care and sanitary items such as pads, tampons and toothbrushes, as well as everyday luxuries such as a hairbrush. We are proud to say that over the past two years we were able to donate around 60 bags to this cause.

Special Thanks to: Midland Pharmacy, Priceline Midland and Ellenbrook, Optimal Pharmacy Ellenbrook and Tranquil Escape Massage & Wellbeing. If you would like to be a part of this campaign, please click here.


Community Involvement

Information Proficiency and Sigma Data Solutions believes in supporting the local community. We do this through both volunteering time and providing sponsorship.  


Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA)

Members of Information Proficiency and Sigma Data Solutions’s Team participate in a range of Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia activities, including contributing time and expertise to the WA and SA Branch Councils, and sponsoring events.


IMGF2016 WA Innovation Award

Congratulations to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) on winning the WA Innovation Award at the IMGF2016. We are especially proud because we were involved. Have a look at the presentation below.

DFES IMGF2016 Presentation - A Strategic Asset


J Eddis Linton Awards

Information Proficiency and Sigma Data Solutions sponsors the J Eddis Linton awards. The J Eddis Linton Awards recognise excellence in records and information management.

“Having been involved with RIMPA for many years in various capacities, we decided that sponsoring this award was an opportunity to take another step in supporting our industry and the good work that is being carried out by many very talented individuals. Choosing which category to sponsor was a bit of a challenge"

For more information on the awards and their criteria or for a nomination form go to: http://www.rimpa.com.au/grants-and-awards/eddis-linton-awards/

J Eddis Linton Awards 2016 Winners

Announced at the 2016 RIMPA Gala Awards Dinner held in Perth on 12 September were the following J Eddis Linton Award Winners:

2016 Innovation Winner: 


Alex White, Information Proficiency (left) presented the award to Natalie Maher (centre) with Ben Brown, Information Proficiency (right) lending a helping hand.

Recognises leadership through the practical application of innovative solutions for new and existing market needs resulting in a commercial, environmental and/or social benefit.

Shortlisted nominations:

  • National Blood Authority
  • North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service
  • WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Wannon Water

Winner: North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service

North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Services collaborated with Ellyard Enterprises to implement the M-Files system across their organisation.  The project adapted an existing concept to the needs of our unique service, delivered to remote communities throughout the Top End of the Northern Territory.

North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Services staff had previously been required to carry suitcases loaded with hard copies of confidential client files to communities.  Now work is carried out via an iPad and all their work is tracked, they have estimated that implementing M-Files has resulted in 15-20% in improved efficiencies in office processes. The biggest efficiency savings have been in the reduction of duplicate and/or out of date versions of documents. In some instances, physical client files might travel with staff members for up to a week. Now, those same files are electronic and available for anyone to access and they are automatically updated in the central system when new information is added.

 

2016 Business Benefit Winner: 


Dani Wickman (left) received the award from Lisa Read White, Information Proficiency (right)

Recognises individuals and organisations that have achieved outstanding success for business improvement.

Shortlisted nominations:

  • Logan City Council

  • National Blood Authority

  • Queensland Museum

  • Territory Records Office and ACT Cabinet Office

  • Victorian Water Industry Information Management Special Interest Group

  • University of the Sunshine Coast

  • WA Dept of Fire and Emergency Services

  • Wannon Water

Winner: Territory Records Office and ACT Cabinet Office – ACT Government Digital Cabinet Transformation Project

The existing ACT Cabinet process was partially electronic, using an Access database to track workflows, but relying on manual processes and disjointed systems to move documents between users on a need-to-know basis.

The ACT Government’s Digital Cabinet transformation project aimed to improve

  • consultation between agencies in the ACT Public Service in the development of Cabinet submissions

  • security, to protect the confidentiality and collective decision-making of the Cabinet

  • efficiency by supporting timely, fully developed information-sharing facilitated by more efficient processes.

Following a consultation phase a new RM system was implemented with an emphasis on change management and user engagement the overall project benefits included:

  • Improved information governance

  • Increased organisational effectiveness

  • Improved information sharing and decision support

 

2015 Winner: Federal Court of Australia - 2 Awards in Innovation & Business Benefit

   

The Federal Court of Australia is the first Australian court to implement Electronic Court Files (a fully digital file of all documents filed with or created by the Court) and is a leader globally in the practice of management and archiving of electronic court documents. The Federal Court interprets and exercises the general law of the Commonwealth of Australia with an original jurisdiction conferred by 150 statues of the Parliament. It sits in all capital cities and elsewhere in Australia as required. 

 

The Court’s registry and process also provides services to the Federal Circuit Court (formerly the Federal Magistrate’s Court). Together they receive more than 12,000 filings and action in excess of 125,000 documents each year.

  

2014 Winner: Debbie Cutts - Outstanding Individual

Debbie Cutts

Debbie has an extensive RM and IM background and has contributed vastly to the industry during her 30 year career.  Contributions to the industry include past involvement in the RIMPA Mentoring program.  More recently she has also gained approval for practicum students from Curtin University’s Information and Records Management program to be placed at Fremantle Ports. Debbie ensures that each student works on strategic projects, such as a review of Fremantle Ports’ recordkeeping plan. She also ensures each student has an agreed learning outcome and learns from real life record keeping experience.  Debbie has written articles on best practice RM and IM and is regularly invited to present at IM forums. Her presentations often results in organisations wanting to visit the Port to share and learn from our Journey.  Debbie’s staff identify her strong vision and leadership to the success of Fremantle Ports Corporate Information Services Branch’s, having won the Western Australian State Records Commission WS Lonnie Award twice (2010 and 2014) and the RIMPA J Eddis Linton Award Group Category (2004).  Within Fremantle Ports, Debbie has placed significant emphasis on building relationships in the IT area and this relationship means that best practice IM and RM is factored in when upgrades and new systems are planned.

2013 Winner: Linda Shave - Outstanding Individual

Linda Shave

Linda has spent a lifetime acquiring knowledge and experience as a researcher, senior business consultant and analyst in the areas of information management, business process management, workflow automation and corporate governance in the public and private sectors in Australia and overseas. Linda was the recipient of the ComputerWorld Honors Program in Washington DC. She has chaired and presented at numerous national and international conferences, has published numerous articles and has gained recognition as a specialist in providing streamlined business solutions that drive continuous improvement, benefit realisation and governance.


Motorsport

Information Proficiency and Sigma Data Solutions proudly sponsors a rally team in the WA State rally championship. Alex White is the driver and is producing some strong results with a number of class wins.

 

We see this level of motorsport as a way to get our brand out to the very communities we work with and it’s a great way to support our staff in their personal endeavours.


2018 2WD Champions take home another win at Forest Rally
2019 Make Smoking History Forest Rally 2WD Podium - Alex and Lisa White on top of the 2WD podium
   Alex and Lisa WHITE on top of the 2WD podium, with Razvan VLAD and Daymon NICOLI 2nd and Glenn ALCORN and Shaun MCMACKEN 3rd.
 
2019 Make Smoking History Forest Rally - The Support Crew
  The support crew behind Alex and Lisa’s top podium finish at the 2019 Make Smoking History Forest Rally.
   
2018 Trade Hire Karri Rally - Alex and Lisa White
  Alex and Lisa in action at the 2018 Trade Hire Karri Rally, round 1 of the CAMS Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship.
Photograph Tim Allott.

 
2018 Make Smoking History Forest Rally - Alex and Lisa White
  Alex and Lisa in action at the 2018 Make Smoking History Forest Rally, round 2 of the CAMS Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship.
Photograph Tim Allott.

 
2018 Make Smoking History Experts Cup Rally - Alex and Lisa White
  Alex and Lisa in action at the 2018 Make Smoking History Experts Cup Rally, round 5 of the CAMS Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship.
Photograph Tim Allott.

by Leon Polak

Alex and Lisa White are the reigning 2018 WA 2WD Champions after driving the Information Proficiency Nissan Silvia S13 to 6 finishes (5 rallies, including both heats of the Forest Rally). With a successful 2018 behind them, they started 2019 by achieving another first place podium at Forest Rally. Just ahead of round 2 in Manjimup I caught up with Lisa, who is the co-driver in the successful pairing.

Looking at the results of Heat 1, you had a very consistent day, always finishing in the top 4 except for one of the super special stages - 1 first, 3 seconds, 2 thirds and 3 fourths (and 1 eighth). What do you put this down to? The car? The driver? The co-driver? The team work?

“Alex completes all the mechanical preparation on the car and as a result the car is really strong and reliable. It's not uncommon for us to enter a rally with minimal preparation, but the Christmas break gave us plenty of time to work on the car.

Alex has gone from strength to strength with his driving consistently improving over the 10 years we have rallied together. I think Forest 2018 was our 10th year together. We definitely work well together in the car.”

It looked like you had a trouble-free day? Was this the case?

“I'm not sure it was trouble free exactly, but we enjoyed the rally and produced a fantastic result. Our focus for every rally is to better our previous times and enjoy ourselves. There were many issues along the way. Even our service crew had their moment, we returned to service to find that we couldn't get to our spot because a car had parked across the access driveway. Fortunately, an alternative route was found just in time, but it created a bit of stress for a while there. In the car we had one memorable moment with a slippy corner catching us out, pushing us offline, and resulting in us hanging the back-end over the edge of a mountain. Thankfully Alex knew exactly how to pull us out of the situation and we carried on without issue.”

You seem to enjoy (go faster) on the longer stages - do you enjoy them more?

“It's probably more that different stages are better suited to different cars. The 2WD's commonly drop time on slippy uphill sections where we can't find grip. Piloting the Silvia can be a real art on some stages. Finding grip in some sections is really challenging and the Silvia automatically turns into a drift car at spectator spots. It’s a natural drift car, but Alex somehow makes it go in a straight line long enough for us to get to the next corner. Generally our top speed isn't improving its more that with slight improvements to the car we are getting up to speed quicker. The longer stages also show the accumulated consistency differences between drivers more.”

To pick up maximum points for heat 1, and with only 1 stage win, must have been a bonus?

“Absolutely, consistent results and a well prepared car has proven to be a winning formula for us. We have always held our own against other equal teams often trading times and stage positions. We have achieved podium results quite a few times at Forest and hoped for a top 5 finish given the fierce competition this year. Finishing in P1 was a fantastic result. We were ready to crack the champagne right there.”

Heat 2 times seemed to be similar to heat 1 except for the fact that Raz (Vlad) seemed to be on fire (winning all stages). You, Mike (Joss) and Dylan (King) seemed to be sharing seconds, thirds and fourths all day. And you three were only separated by less than 12 seconds heading in to the last 18 kilometres, with the final stage cancelled by the organisers. For the record, 2 seconds, 3 thirds, 1 fourth and 2 fifths.

“Yes Raz is a really quick driver in a really quick car. Some of the cars we compete with are also under different class rules. The Silvia is a production rally car which has less freedoms that other classes. We are still competitive of course, but the gear on some cars is amazing and in the hands of a good driver, strips 1-2 seconds a kilometre off our stage times. We run a really standard setup by comparison and have a much smaller budget. We are really happy with our times and results given the competition.”

Did it feel like a tight battle all heat? Or were you just concentrating on your own game?

“No not really. We really concentrated on or own race aiming to better our previous stage times and finish in the best position we could. We are also aware of our limitations and trying to match times with some cars is fruitless.”

How did the car hold up? Did you have any issues?

“The car is great. It could have done another Forest round straight up. We will give it a wash, check the oil, and line up at the next rally ready to go.”

With a first in heat 1, and a third in heat 2, you finished on top of the 2WD podium - how did it feel?

“It was a real win for us personally and we had fun getting there.”

You competed closely with Mike (Joss) and Dylan (King) all event, but Raz (Vlad) and Glenn (Alcorn) ended up on the podium with you. Do you think Raz and Glenn will be a threat for the other events this year?

“No it’s more that we keep them under threat, besides you can never predict a rally result with certainty. I don't think anyone thought we would win the championship last year until the end. Most put their money on the highly visible teams, but there are some seriously competitive drivers sitting just outside the top 5 that could produce an unexpected result. We will continue to run our own race and aim to take home more podiums this year.”