Welcome to the AGIMO blog
Welcome to the AGIMO blog. I’m Ann Steward, the Australian Government’s Chief Information Officer. In this role I am also the Deputy Secretary of the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), a group within the Department of Finance and Deregulation.
We’re launching a whole-of-AGIMO blog and have absorbed previous ones.
I’m sure you may be aware of some of the work we’re undertaking at AGIMO: the ICT Reform Program, Government 2.0, website policy, ICT vision and strategy and coordinated procurement.
In the last couple of years, the Australian Government has made a concerted effort to review established practices in order to improve its use of ICT. We have drawn on two very important independent reviews.
In 2008, Sir Peter Gershon led an independent review of the Government’s use of information and communications technology for public administration and service delivery. This report, known as the Gershon Review, provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of a wide range of issues affecting the Government’s use and management of ICT.
The Gershon Review made seven recommendations which, broadly, pertain to:
- improving ICT governance,
- improving agency capability,
- saving money (to the tune of $1 billion over four years),
- improving ICT skills,
- improving the ICT marketplace,
- rationalising data centres, and
- addressing ICT sustainability.
In November 2008, the Government endorsed the recommendations of the Review in full and initiated the ICT Reform Program, with implementation of the recommendations to be completed by the end of 2011.
Last week saw the launch of two key deliverables of the ICT Reform Program – the whole-of-government strategic ICT Workforce Plan and ICT Career Structure. The Workforce Plan provides a high level overview of the issues affecting us as ICT professionals. Using the Plan, agencies will be better able to attract and retain a highly skilled and innovative ICT workforce along a rewarding career path.
The Government 2.0 Taskforce was established in June 2009 to advise the Government on more open access to government-held information, driving innovation and engaging with people online. The Taskforce completed its work in December last year. The Government is releasing its response to the Taskforce’s report later today on this site.
One of the most exciting elements of the Australian Government’s approach to ICT reform is the introduction and use of the internet and collaborative technologies in government. Government 2.0 proposes some really exciting opportunities to improve the way we interact with people.
Our goal in setting up this blog is to enable consultation with community and stakeholders in the work that AGIMO is doing. I’m really interested in your views on how we can make this blog an effective mechanism for participation and consultation. What do you want to hear from us? How often? What do you think of the ICT Workforce Plan?
I look forward to reading your comments.