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Victorian Government releases new IT strategy

The Victorian Government has released plans of a new ICT strategy following a rigorous consultation with the industry.

Assistant Treasurer and Technology Minister, Gordon Rich-Phillips, revealed the 50-point action plan, which outlined how it will improve the procurement of ICT systems and services, and manage ICT projects.

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"The Coalition Government is taking advantage of advances in technology to deliver services more efficiently and to connect Victorians, particularly those living in areas of regional Victoria," Rich-Phillips stated. "We also recognise government expenditure on ICT needs to be managed better by establishing a balance of innovation and risk and a focus on higher productivity and better services."

It has signalled moves to open data access, which will allow industry and public to build new products and services based on the data it owns and will look at exploiting video conferencing, remote services and cloud computing. It will also set up a register to help agencies identify sharing opportunities as an alternative to new system development.

The release of the strategy is the first in a five-part series to improve ICT management and use, and will be reviewed annually, which will involve public consultation.

Rich-Phillips criticised the previous government's ICT strategy stating it adopted 'a piecemeal approach' to ICT that saw at least $1.44 billion of taxpayer money wasted in cost blowouts on projects like HealthSmart, myki and Leap database.

"This strategy aligns processes across departments and sets clear lines of governance, accountability and direction that were clearly absent under Labor," he said.

It will focus on eight principles to guide ICT decision making and key drivers for devising a new strategy was based on changes in public expectations and ICT use, advances in technology and current gaps in ICT leadership, governance and skills. The plan has outlined a number of objectives with deadlines stretching out to December 2013.

Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) welcomed the strategy and Board Chairman, Kee Wong, said the Government was taking positive steps to embrace technology advances and transform service delivery to meet the demand.

"It is encouraging to see the Victorian Government recognise past mistakes in the development and delivery of ICT-enabled initiatives and look at alternative principles," Wong said.

To access a copy of the strategy click here.


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