According to the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich Phillips, with the draft strategy proposed by the Victorian Information and Communications Advisory Committee (VICTAC), ICT enabled projects will be structured to deliver benefits more quickly through co-ordinated smaller, staged projects, and should “improve delivery timelines and reduce the risk of delivery issues.”
The Minister said the proposed strategy was a work in progress which would be further refined after public consultation and supported by more detailed implementation work. The proposed strategy can be found at www.vic.gov.au/ictstrategy, and consultation will close on 17 October 2012, after which VICTAC and the government will review the feedback and consider it in the final strategy design.
According to the Minister, the government is in a strong position to make the most of a changing ICT landscape, and wants to use information and technology to benefit Victoria.
“The committee has provided a practical, forward-looking approach to the acquisition and use of ICT by government and we are seeking the public’s input on the draft strategy.”
The chair of VICTAC, Grantly Mailes, said governments were starting to harness wider market capabilities and competition for the development of new technologies.
“Shifts in technology, culture and economies are leading governments across the world to reassess their role, and how they deliver services.
“Victoria has the added advantage of a strong local ICT industry ready to contribute to this process.”
Mr Rich-Phillips said the government would make better use of the expertise in the “vibrant ICT industry that we have in Victoria and in our major suppliers.
“We will work with them to define and deliver business outcomes, rather than just narrowly defining technology requirements, that is why it is also important for us to seek their input on this strategy.”