NSW has its third Finance Minister in under a year, following Premier Mike Baird’s announcement of his new Cabinet line-up today.
Dominic Perrottet MP was awarded a promotion to the Ministry of Finance and Services, replacing Andrew Constance who moved to the Treasury.
Prior to his election as the Member for Castle Hill in 2011, Perrottet worked for 3 years as a solicitor at Henry Davis York Lawyers.
During his three years in Parliament, Perrottet has chaired two committees pertaining to justice policy - the Legal Affairs Committee and the Committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
When contacted by Intermedium, Perrottet’s Senior Advisor Timothy Abrams was adamant that despite the new Minister’s lack of experience in the IT sphere, he was able to quickly grasp new information.
“Dominic Perrottet researched, drafted and submitted to the Barry O’Farrell Government last year, his 13 recommendations into the freely available purchase of Synthetic drugs and its abuse and harm in the community…This says much about Dominic’s ability to receive a brief, prepare a detailed analysis and get to the heart of the matter” said Abrams.
Perrottet will be serving alongside Director-General of the Department of Finance and Services Laurie Glanfield who has held the role for less than a year.
Glanfield’s background is also firmly in the justice sphere, having served as the Director-General of the Department of Attorney General and Justice from 1991 to 2013.
Despite not having any ICT experience, Perrottet has been routinely identified as one of the more talented members of the Liberal Party’s State Parliamentary team.
ICT reforms implemented to date
Perrottet will be inheriting a Ministry that, under the previous three years, has undergone significant changes in the ICT sphere following the release of the NSW Government’s ICT Strategy in 2012.
In December 2013, then Finance and Services Minister Andrew Constance announced the sale of 100 percent of the shares in the Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communication (ac3) to Klikon Solutions.
The NSW Government first revealed it would be divesting its shareholding in ac3 in May 2013 following the release of a Registration of Interest for the sale.
In March 2014, Constance released the new NSW Government ICT Investment Policy and Guidelines which mandates that NSW agencies must consider as-a-service options, focus on collaboration and re-use and standardise technologies and solutions.
Under the new policy, ICT projects will be taken through a three phase process under the guidance of the NSW Government ICT Leadership Group. The Leadership Group will also be tasked with identifying Whole of Government ICT investment opportunities where agencies with similar needs could utilise an existing solution or collaboratively approach the market for a shared solution.
Perrottet will be required to familiarise himself with the multitude of ICT projects and reforms currently underway in DFS.
Perrottet will be seeing over DFS’ transition toward becoming a broker of services, recently outlined by the Department’s CIO Malcolm Freame at an AIIA forum.
“The management of third party suppliers is increasingly significant. As we move to more things being done as-a-service, our role is changing slightly from being the developer and provider to being the broker or servicer of information”, said Freame.
He will also have oversight of outsourcing the delivery of ServiceFirst’s functions.
This month DFS opened Registrations of Interest for the outsourcing plans, with a single or multiple suppliers to be contracted to deliver one or more service bundles as early as July 2014.
Should ServiceFirst decide to outsource its services as one bundle it will be inclusive of:
- ICT components - Infrastructure, end-user computing, service-desk, ERP and applications;
- HR - Payroll, SES Payroll, Recruitment, Org Management; and
- Finance - Accounts payable, Tax Management, Change Management.
The second model would consist of two service bundles: an Initial Public Offering (IPO) bundle which includes the ICT components and a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) bundle, covering HR and Finance.
A model with three service bundles would see ICT, HR and Finance all delivered by different suppliers.
Also, Perrottet will be taking over from Constance in overseeing the DFS’ move toward cloud based systems.
In February 2013, then Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce announced that DFS was pulling together five ongoing cloud computing trials into one coordinated program designed to see how as-a-service technology would fit in with the Departments’ current ICT environment.
In February 2014, DFS issued a Request for Information on software-as-a-service solutions to consolidate its array of disparate Finance and Human Resource systems into a single platform which could service 5,400 of its staff organised into 11 divisions within the Finance Cluster.
The migration of these systems to a cloud, as-a-service platform is in line with the NSW Government ICT Strategy Implementation Update 2013-14 which states that DFS must continue to “migrate agency environments to trusted government private cloud”.
Key deliverables that are ongoing through Q3 and Q4 2013-14 include:
- Expansion of Service NSW service offerings, locations and channels;
- Define and agree on common data standards across NSW Government;
- Drive implementation of the open data policy across NSW Government;
- Identify opportunities for software rationalisation at the whole of government level;
- Identify and promote Centres of Excellence across NSW Government agencies to act as custodians of strategic information assets;
- Develop a directory of key information assets that can be shared across agencies; and
- Review implementation of the Digital Information Security Policy.