In a show of support, finance chiefs from leading international and Australian agencies are converging this December at the industry’s flagship GovCFO Forum Australia 2013.
This 3rd regional event, being held Monday 2nd December at the Canberra Convention Centre, galvanises finance heads as well as technology experts presently from the UK, Denmark, Singapore, and New Zealand.
The CFOs of Australian commonwealth, state and local agencies are also represented. These officials are drawn from portfolio agencies covering taxation, human services, finance, ICT, and the environment.
With governance high on the agenda, the GovCFO Forum Australia offers a first-hand look at how core agencies are delivering on fiscal reforms.
This dedicated gathering also offers a fresh look at technologies that are helping design, deliver and manage budgets during fiscally-prudent times.
UK shared services reforms
Among the international experts, London-based shared services advocate, Mr Paul Marriner, UK Government Shared Services Cabinet Office shares insights about the UK government’s shared services reforms.
Drawing on a two-year stint with the UK Cabinet Office, Mr Marriner shares news about the role of shared services, and why cost-sharing arrangements are high on the government’s agenda.
Managing cost at the grass-roots
Financing front-line services at a local level is explored by Mr Duncan Whitfield, president Society of London Treasurers UK. Mr Whitfield, also director of corporate and financial services, London Borough of Southwark, explains how this council is delivering cost-control measures, while supporting grass-roots’ services.
Digitation and budget management is showcased during a case study presentation by Mr Siggi Brandt Kristoffersen, deputy director of services at the Municipality of Copenhagen. This presentation explores the co-relation between digitisation, citizen service delivery, and innovations in business modelling.
The broader governance agenda is tracked by CFOs from Singapore and New Zealand. Among these, Mr Ho Tuck Chuen, Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) , Singapore, and Ms Sara Brownlie, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, State Services Commission & Treasury, New Zealand will lead a series of discussions at the forum.
The changing role of CFOs, and closer integration with CIOs, is explored. Discussions feature updates by agencies with large budgets, and a mandate to deliver savings across different portfolios.
Building a shared agenda between CFOs and CIOs comes up for discussion, including cost-control measures, good governance, and transparency.
Among the Australian CFOs in attendance are Ms Frances Cawthra, Australian Taxation Office, Ms Ann Fleischer Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Mr Atillio Martinello Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Mr Zane Edwards, Department of Human Services, Ms Jacqui Myers Geoscience Australia, and Dr Maxine Cooper ACT Auditor-General’s Office.
In other news, Ms Lynn Wood, chairman, Financial Reporting Council, offers a perspective about drivers for cost-effective Commonwealth-State relations, and strategies to eliminate duplication involving Commonwealth-State operations.
Forum delegates gain fresh insights about governments’ financial management agenda, while ensuring that financing remains sustainable, and is built around fiscally-sound policies.
Among the discussions, the role of independent reporting comes up for discussion. The delivery of stewardship during tough economic times is also covered.
An interactive debate, “Government a risky business?” offers different perspectives about risk management, the maturity of public sector risk models, and whether a CFO is best-placed to manage risk.
Tackling risk and economic volatility is explored, including steps to minimise waste and improve productivity across government.
The GovCFO Forum Australia is complemented by a series of highly-popular Interactive Discussion Tables. These discussions, led by public sector leaders and technology experts, offer a chance to participate during in-depth conversations throughout the day, while sharing the direct experiences of delegates.
These discussions are complemented by a dedicated technology showcase, supported by industry partners. These include lead sponsor, Visa, a leading global payments company.
Additional sponsors include the cloud, big data, and security solutions provider, EMC, and an enterprise resource planning and financial management solutions company, Unit4.
Delegates will assess cost-savings from ICT platforms that encompass shared services, e-procurement, cloud computing, procure-to-pay, mobile banking, financial management information systems, analytics, and information security solutions.