The Government’s ICT contractor reduction program is one of many initiatives aimed at developing and retaining in-house skills, a department CIO claims.
Last month, the Government announced a whole-of-government strategic ICT workforce plan and restructure. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations CIO, Glenn Archer, said its aim was to increase the number of in-house staff and reduce the dependence on contractors using a phased approach over three years.
A report conducted by ICT recruitment firm, PeopleBank, in May also indicated ICT contractors are ditching Canberra due to reduced opportunities in the government sector.
“Agencies will be better able to plan, develop and manage a qualified and flexible ICT workforce, while providing an attractive career path for ICT professionals within the APS,” Archer said. “We’ll do this by improving agency workforce planning capability, improving the use of attraction and retention measures to better target ICT employees and increased diversity.
“There are other initiatives under the reform program designed to support the development of ICT capabilities in the Australian Public Service [APS].”
Archer discussed the new employee strategy, as well as the Government’s use of Web 2.0 technologies and the challenges ahead, at the Australian CeBIT 2010 conference. As part of the e-government strategy, a Government 2.0 Steering Group has been established to provide coordination at a whole-of-government level.
“Gov2 pushes us to use tools and ideas of Web 2.0 to encourage more participation and transparent form of Government, but it’s not only about the tools, it’s about a new means of communications and interaction that Web 2.0 technology allows in terms of government engagement with citizens,” Archer said.
“However, it will also force the government to embrace openness in a way it operates to build trust and courage with the involvement of the public in policy making and service delivery.
“Cultural change issues, which are recognised, will be a very important factor in implementing Gov2 across the APS and encouraging agencies and individual public servants to engage online.”