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AGIMO sets up dedicated ICT Strategy unit

by Paris Cowan •
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The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has started recruiting to staff  a new three-member team dedicated to the implementation of the Federal Government’s ICT Strategy.

The ICT Strategy Section, which will operate from within AGIMO, will be led by a Director, ICT Strategy, whose responsibilities will include formulating whole-of-government ICT policies for the consideration of the Secretaries ICT Governance Board (SIGB).

It is currently seeking candidates for the role, with applications closing 17 April 2013.

The Director’s other duties will include:

  1. Leading the implementation of the Australian Public Service Information and Communications Technology Strategy 2012 – 2015;
  2. Developing briefings for Ministers, senior executives of the Department, and stakeholder agencies; and
  3. Liaising with stakeholders across the Department, the Australian Public Service, industry and other jurisdictional governments.

At Executive Level 2, the Director will answer to head of AGIMO’s Governance and Policy Branch Marc Vickers, who in turn answers to Australian Government CIO Glenn Archer.

The Department of Finance and Deregulation intends that a total of three staff – including the Director – will make up the unit.

“The team supports the implementation of the strategy including coordinating the reporting back from lead agencies on initiatives, reviewing progress against the strategy and progressing particular elements such as, for example, the development of a mobile technology roadmap for the Australian Public Service,” said a Finance spokesperson.

The establishment of a dedicated unit with oversight of the ICT Strategy’s implementation was foreshadowed in the final APS ICT Strategy itself, released in October 2012.

“A small, dedicated program management office in AGIMO will assist SIGB to govern implementation,” it explained.

The APS ICT Strategy, however, was issued prior to the split of AGIMO’s duties the following December, which saw ICT strategic policy functions stay with a slimmed down AGIMO under Glenn Archer, and ICT procurement functions consolidated with other purchasing categories into the Technology and Procurement Division headed by John Sheridan.

As a result of the split, implementation of all procurement-focussed elements of the Strategy, such as the expansion of the Government’s ICT coordinated procurement program, will be outside the responsibility of the new unit. Instead it will fall to the Technology and Procurement Division, the Department of Finance has confirmed.

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