The NSW Government has expressed interest in engaging with ICT industry through establishing the NSW Strategic ICT Forum.
It will be made up of more than 80 industry and government heads and is set to position NSW Government as a ‘leader in ICT innovation and delivery'.
The strategy aims to align service delivery objectives to improve the quality and responsiveness of services, facilitate efficiency gains through targeted and strategic ICT investments, and garner more effective Government interaction with industry and research sector.
The strategic reform plan was outlined in NSW Parliament by Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, the Treasurer, Mike Baird, and Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce.
In a statement, the political leaders recognised the industry’s engagement as a critical factor to its ICT plans and how that strategy can complement its Industry Action Plans.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to the development of an ICT Strategy that will provide the framework for Government and industry to achieve our goal,” Pearce said.
“NSW residents are tech savvy and they expect their Government to move with the times, providing the services they need in the ways they need them.
“Whether it is through one stop shops or whole of Government apps, we need to make it as easy as possible for residents to interact with Government. ICT provides the way to better deliver services to residents while at the same time enabling Government to be more flexible and efficient in the conduct of its business.”
In November last year,Pearce criticised the former NSW Labor Government's lack of effective ICT use.
“My personal view is that ICT needs to be more front and centre for Government and that it’s a key driver for economic growth and productivity,” Pearce said at the time. “The current contracting and tender processes are widely considered to be too costly, too slow, poorly designed, poorly specified, uncommercial and that’s a focus of mine.”