The Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner, has released a set of principles to guide its engagement with the ICT industry during CeBIT 2010 in Sydney.
The Government and Industry Principles of Engagement on Information and Communication Technology are designed to be agreed to and signed by Australian ICT businesses and industry groups.
“The principles of accessibility, governance, problem resolution, collaboration and application represent five key areas for us to strengthen the way in which Government and the ICT industry work together,” Minister Tanner said. “These principles are another example of the Rudd Government’s ICT reform agenda.”
However, breaking the guidelines will have no legal affect and signing the document will not be required for any company wanting to make a sale. Instead, the engagement document is intended to act as recommendations for both Government agencies and suppliers.
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) helped developed the Principles and became one of the first organisations to sign on. Its CEO, Ian Birks, said it would help ICT businesses of all sizes get equal access in Government tenders.
“The AIIA has worked closely with the Australian Government and our members over a twelve-month period,” AIIA CEO, Ian Birks, said in a statement. “We strongly encourage our members to adopt these Principles in order to demonstrate a commitment to an ethical, efficient and mature relationship with the Australian Government.”
The release of the principles comes after the Government appointed Don Easter as its first SMB IT advocate. IT businesses had earlier criticised the role for its lack of powers and penalties to initiate change, which will instead rely on the negotiation and networking skills of Easter.
- Enabling equitable participation by all small, medium and large enterprises.
- Recognising that the cost of engagement should be proportional to the value of the activity.
- Assigning ICT activities to individuals who have the necessary authority, capability and availability.
- Demonstrating leadership that is outcome-oriented.
- Identifying, analysing, managing and mitigating risks to achieve best outcomes
- Resolving issues through timely, effective and equitable mechanisms and processes.
- Creating an environment that fosters innovation, builds capability for Government and provides opportunity for industry.
For more information, visit the Government's website for the new principles.
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