A TASMANIAN-developed local government management software program has been sold to the Suva City Council in Fiji, opening up a potential export market for the local technology.
The PropertyWise software application, to manage local government operations such as property rating, animal control, development applications and property management, was developed by Brighton Council and is marketed by its wholly-owned company MicroWise Australia Pty Ltd.
The software is already used by 14 local government authorities in Australia, with 10 in Tasmania, three in Western Australia and one in New South Wales. The installation at Suva City Council represents the first international purchase and Brighton Mayor Tony Foster says it could be the forerunner of increased national and international sales.
Cr Foster said the success should provide a boost for the Tasmanian information technology sector and clearly demonstrated that world-leading software programs could be developed in the State.
Microwise software development manager Scott Smith has guided the software’s progress to international standards, based around the needs of Tasmanian Councils. Microwise has worked closely with Tasmanian local government to develop the software according to user priorities.
In what is believed to be a first for a local government authority in Australia, the Brighton Council established MicroWise Australia as a proprietary limited company to commercialise and market computer software.
“MicroWise was launched in 1998 by then Premier, the late Jim Bacon and the current Premier David Bartlett, as an officer with the Department of Economic Development, assisted Council in developing the business plan for the company,” Cr Foster said.
Premier Bartlett was on hand to mark the Fiji sale with the Suva City Council’s director of finance Apaitia Veiogo and director of engineering Jagdish Singh.
“This is a major success for Brighton Council and MicroWise, and will generate additional income for us to spend of services for residents, increased training and intellectual capital for our employees, as well as export earnings for Tasmania,” Cr Foster said.
“Our officers have installed the software in Suva and conducted the initial training of the Fijian council’s staff. We will also be working with them to assist their operations and market our services to other councils in Fiji and other Pacific island nations.
“We are keen to expand our sales throughout Australia as well and MicroWise has also developed an immunisation software program, VacciWise, that is used by most Tasmanian councils to record and manage community vaccination programs.”
Microwise developed a strategic relationship with Eclipse Computing to win the Suva contract. Globally, Eclipse is one of the largest international providers of business solutions. Eclipse is the leading Microsoft Gold Certified Partner representing Microsoft Dynamics and has been awarded Microsoft Dynamics partner of the year, Asia Pacific region for three consecutive years. Microsoft Dynamics software is integrated with the PropertyWise software.
Suva is Fiji’s capital and largest city with a population of 87,000 people and 175,000 people living in the greater metropolitan area.
“We are confident this will be the first of a number of international sales for MicroWise as the company continues to develop leading-edge information technology for local government applications,” Cr Foster said.