The update looks at:
- the existing laws and how they may change
- automated message systems
- invitations to make offers
- correcting input errors
- location of parties
- time and place
1. Strengthen pan-Government governance in regards to ICT, including:
(a) establishing a Ministerial Committee on ICT to be responsible for the key whole-of-government ICT policies and the overall strategic vision for how ICT should support the achievement of the Australian Government’s outcomes and policy agenda;
(b) creating a Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board (SIGB) to drive recommendations arising from the review and focus on addressing the key business issues to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Australian Government’s use of ICT; and
(c) allowing Australian Government agencies to obtain opt-outs from agreed whole-of-government activities, based on genuine business need and subject to approval by the Ministerial Committee informed by the SIGB.
2. Strengthen governance by Australian Government agencies, including:
(a) implementing a common methodology for assessing each Australian Government agency’s capability;
(b) requiring each Australian Government agency chief executive officer to propose a target level of capability and for this to be independently validated; and
(c) requiring Australian Government agencies to develop capability improvement plans with commitment to address gaps.
3. Tighten the management of ICT BAU funding, including:
(a) moving ICT spend from an average 77:23% split between ICT BAU activities and creation of new capability in 2007–08 to an average 70:30% in 2011–12;
(b) reducing the ICT BAU budgets of the largest 28 Australian Government agencies (not including Defence) with ICT spending in excess of $20 million per annum by 15% from 2007–08 levels, with a phased introduction over two years;
(c) targeting Australian Government agencies with total annual ICT spending between $2 million and $20 million to achieve a 7.5% reduction on average of their BAU from 2007–08 levels, with a phased introduction over two years;
(d) creating ICT Review Teams to help these Australian Government agencies achieve or exceed the target reductions without impairing service delivery to citizens and business; and
(e) reinvesting 50% of the savings generated by these recommendations in a central fund for reinvestment in projects to improve efficiency and effectiveness of ICT BAU activities;
4. Enhance the management of the Australian Public Service ICT skills base, including:
(a) creating a whole-of-government Australian Public Service ICT career structure, including training and development programs for ICT professionals in key skills areas;
(b) developing and maintaining a whole-of-government strategic ICT workforce plan; and
(c) reducing the total number of ICT contractors in use across Australian Government agencies by 50% over a 2-year period and increasing the number of Australian Public Service ICT staff.
5. Develop a whole-of-government approach for future data centre requirements over the next 10–15 years.
6. Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the ICT marketplace, including making better use of the Australian Government’s collective buying power by:
(a) optimising the number of ICT panel arrangements established by agencies across government, including improving procurement arrangements for commodity products and services and volume sourcing arrangements for key items of software;
(b) developing and implementing e-auctions; and
(c) implementing strategic management of key ICT suppliers.
7. Develop a whole-of-government ICT sustainability plan to manage the energy costs and carbon footprint of the Australian Government’s ICT activities.(Source: Gershon Report)