Special Minister of State, Gary Gray, has released a report into the Australian Government’s ICT reform program.
review headed by Dr. Ian Reinecke was first started in March 2010 and
aimed to provide an independent assessment of work done on the ICT
reform program with special reference to the affects of the Gershon
According to Ovum public sector analyst, Kevin Noonan, the Reinecke Report
will provide a granular roadmap for the Australia Government
Information Office (AGIMO). Reinecke investigated seven areas of the
program to identify things in need of improvement.
to a letter sent from Reinecke to Gray’s predecessor, Lindsay Tanner,
the review held more than 40 interviews involving over 100 ICT industry
leaders and stakeholders.
“For the full promise
of technology to be realised some changes are necessary, principally in
ensuring simple and effective governance arrangement are in place and
that Government marshals its human and financial resources effectively
for the challenges ahead,” he said in the letter. “This review makes a
set of recommendations that are directed at facilitating the transition
to what is being described as the post-Gershon era.”
Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) issued a statement
welcoming the report’s release and claiming it moved in the right
direction. It agreed with the report on the need to establish a Chief
Technology Officer, but said the CTO should report directly to the Prime
“This report recognises that those
efficiencies will be created through better use and management of ICT,
rather than simple cost-cutting,” AIIA CEO, Ian Birks, said. “AIIA
otherwise supports the five key recommendations from this report.”
Some of the key recommendations include:
- For the Government to institute a dedicated Ministerial ICT Committee
- For two qualified independent members from outside the APS to be added to the Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board (SIGB)
- For the Department of Finance to undertake an assessment of
AGIMO’s capabilities and resources to see if its two major roles can be
- For AGIMO to provide guidance to CEOs, encourage data exchange between agencies
- To provide futher guidance on shared services including methodologies
- For AGIMO to be more closely integrated with Finance to provide implementation support under a CTO
The full and public release of the document is in line with earlier comments made by the Minister during an interview with ARN. He said a key part of his role would be to implementing the findings of the report.
you look at the reality that comes though Gershon and the granular
consideration that comes through Reinecke then you see that the
Government needs to operate in a pragmatic and practical way that
doesn’t mean you’ll have a controller of IT procurement and delivery for
the Australian Government,” he said.
have a fundamental view that when the Government produces a substantial
piece of work with insights into how we do what we do you can only get
value out of making them available to the public. That’s why Ian’s
report will be released.”
To read the Reinecke Report in full, please click here.