Announcing the Victorian Government's new ICT strategy, the Assistant Treasurer and Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said the 50-point action plan had been developed following rigorous consultation with industry and the public. He also took the opportunity to criticise the previous Brumby Government for what he said was "at least $1.44 billion of taxpayers' money wasted in cost blowouts on projects like HealthSMART, myki and the LEAP database."
The strategy [PDF] notes the changes in Victorians' expectations about the use of ICT to communicate with governments. While 78% of Australian internet users accessed government services or information online in 2011, almost one-third of Victorians were no more than somewhat satisfied with their last online engagement with government.
There's also the increasing access to high-speed broadband (though the NBN only warrants a single mention by name, and that's tucked away on the Acknowledgements page), Big Data, the desire to think again about which ICT services should be delivered in-house, and alleged gaps in ICT leadership, governance and skills.
The Government also intends to bolster its project management and project assurance capability, adopt modern delivery techniques such as Agile, engage with suppliers earlier and more flexibly, reuse systems wherever possible, withdraw from direct delivery of infrastructure services, and improve internal technical and governance capability.
"Victoria's ICT industry has a wealth of expertise and we look forward to a closer and more productive relationship in the future," said Rich-Phillips.
The AIIA welcomed the strategy. Board chairman Kee Wong said “Businesses and communities are driving increasing demand for mobile technology and online services. We welcome the positive steps that the Victorian Government is taking to embrace technology advances and transform service delivery to meet these demands."
Wong added "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."