The New South Wales State Government has made good on its promise to deliver an overhauled ICT governance strategy for the state, today announcing the formation of two new ICT industry panels and a government-run ICT Board, which has scored praise from the backing of IT industry powerbrokers like the National ICT Australia (NICTA) and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).
Minister of Finance and Services Greg Pearce
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Speaking at an AIIA event in Sydney today, Pearce announced that NSW will see a government-run board as well as an ICT Advisory Panel and Leadership Group.
The government ICT board will be made up of the NSW director-general's superagencies, and will be chaired by director-general of the Department of Finance and Services, Michael Cootes-Trotter. The board will bring together directors-general from Finance and Services, Premier and Cabinet, Treasury, Education and Communities, Health, Trade, Investment and Regional Infrastructure and Services, as well as a member from the ICT Advisory Panel and the chief information officer (CIO) from the ICT leadership group.
"The Board's first task will be the development of the NSW Government ICT strategy," Pearce said in a statement today. The strategy, according to the minister, will focus on the delivery of "unambiguous" whole-of-government IT delivery targets, firm governance through the various panel arrangements and will work towards the consolidation of government email and finance facilities.
The ICT Advisory Panel will meet quarterly, and will see four to five members from the ICT industry and research groups come together to discuss issues affecting industry, while the Government ICT Leadership Group will meet monthly and be chaired by the director-general of Finance and Services. The Leadership Group will bring together the CIOs and the deputy-directors of each cluster department.
The government will also hold an annual ICT Forum, similar to the one held last month, attended by Finance Minster Greg Pearce, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Treasurer Mike Baird.
Pearce told assembled members of NSW IT industry today that it had been neglected by the previous government, with the government CIO making big IT decisions without first consulting industry. Pearce said that the new collaboration with industry and government through the meeting groups would help to make NSW "number one again".
CEO of the AIIA Ian Birks welcomed the new governance arrangements, citing the panel arrangements as a great way of getting industry involved.
"On behalf of industry, I feel there is an excellent approach being conducted there by the government, and that many of the key messages that were played back through the strategy forum have indeed been listened to and been responded to, and I think that's excellent.
"I'm very pleased, Minister, to see the advisory panel to have involvement from industry. I think that that's excellent step, and I'm also very keen and pleased to see the high-level focus on the alignment between overall strategy and ICT strategy that people are adopting," Birks said.