Reforms to Federal Government ICT usage under the Gershon review are ahead of schedule, according to the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner.
Commissioned by the Federal Government and penned by Sir Peter Gershon, the Gershon report was released late last year and was critical of the Government’s management of ICT spending.
Seven key recommendations were made including better interaction between Government and the industry, improving management of the skills base, and ensuring sustainable ICT operations.
In a video recording at the trade show, CeBit in Sydney, Tanner said the Government had adopted the entire report and was “well advanced” in the implementation of the recommended initiatives.
“There is a lot of work happening,” he said. “It is challenging for government agencies and for suppliers and a lot of change is occurring, but that will be beneficial for the long term outcomes for the Australian community and a more efficient approach to using ICT.”
Federal Government CIO, Ann Stewart, who also presented at CeBit, elaborated on the Gershon review work progress.
“Of the 39 enabling projects recommended, 10 were due before June 2009,” she said. “Ten have been completed, with a further five to be done by June and 11 others are well advanced.”
In relation to the Government’s engagement with the ICT industry, Stewart said a Client and Supplier code of conduct would be introduced.
“We’re looking at how the Government relates to the industry through things such as a code of conduct that we’re working with the AIIA on developing.”
Tanner also touched on how the Government has instituted public consultation trials through Web 2.0 reforms to facilitate broadened discussions with the public. He cited a digital economy online discussion forum which has generated 1,500 contributions from the public.
“All of these trials will merge into an analysis we will undertake about how effective these mechanisms are and opportunities that arise for Government to have a more collaborate engagement with the community than has previously been possible.”