A Review into the Northern Territory’s Management of ICT Projects by Government Agencies has recommended the appointment of a Government CIO.
Using the importance of the Government CIO in NSW, Victoria and the United Kingdom as an example, the Review concluded, “This position would support and strengthen the ICT Governance Framework, coordinate Framework activities and provide a central resource and reference point.”
IT project management and governance has been a significant issue for the NT of late, culminating in the scrapping of its Asset Management System. The system was originally budgeted at $7.2 million, however, it blew out to $70 million before it was decided it was too expensive to fix. The review describes the project as “unacceptable”.
Governance issues were also acknowledged in the 2014-15 Territory Budget which introduced the implementation of a new ICT Governance Framework from 1 July 2014. The initiative was listed as a way of “Improving strategic ICT investment decisions and management of major ICT initiatives across government through the implementation of a new Northern Territory Government ICT Governance Framework.”
The Review recommended that the following alterations be made to the ICT Governance Framework:
- Require each agency’s CIO to develop ICT governance arrangements in accordance with the ICT Governance Framework;
- Agencies’ ICT governance arrangements should be reviewed by the ICT Leadership Group;
- Require agencies to develop an annual ICT plan to be independently assessed; and
- Develop an ICT Governance website that houses information about the Framework and associated outputs.