The State Government will appoint Western Australia’s first Government Chief Information Officer as part of reforms to save money and deliver better services to the community.
Premier Colin Barnett and Finance Minister Bill Marmion announced the new role would guide Information Communication Technology (ICT) reform across the Western Australian Government, aiming for major savings and efficiencies.
“With a spend of at least $1 billion a year on ICT, there needs to be better co-ordination, consolidation and prioritisation of these resources across State Government,” the Premier said.
“The delivery of ICT services in Government has not always been as efficient and effective as it might have been.
“Information Communications Technology reform will drive innovation, improve the way we deliver services to the community and deliver better value for the taxpayer.”
Mr Marmion said a $25 million ICT Renewal and Reform Fund would also be established to support agencies with specific ICT reforms and encourage more efficient and effective ICT arrangements.
The Renewal and Reform Fund will be funded from targeted reductions in general government agencies’ information and communications technology expenditure, estimated to generate net savings of $85 million after the establishment of the fund.
“The new office of the Government Chief Information Officer will engage and collaborate with agencies to deliver tangible benefits to West Australians,” the Minister said.
Initially, the Chief Information Officer’s role will focus on cutting the cost of ICT across government and enhancing transparency in the delivery of major projects.
The officer will develop an ICT reform plan over 12 months to support this new strategic direction.
“We are well-positioned to learn from the experience of other States and from overseas, which has shown that the strongest ICT reform comes from having a broad approach right across government,” Mr Marmion said.
The Minister said benchmarking of ICT spend compared to other jurisdictions would identify areas of excellence and opportunities to enhance agency decision-making, rationalise investment and remove duplication.
- The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer will be set up by July 2015 under the Department of Finance.
- This will be funded from the ICT Renewal and Reform Fund.
- Targeted reductions in ICT expenditure announced in the 2014-15 Mid-Year Review forecast net savings of $85 million after the establishment of the ICT Renewal and Reform Fund.
Premier’s office – 6552 5000
Finance Minister’s office – 6552 6800
18 Mar 2015