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Long awaited ICT Dashboard announcement to follow Budget

by Euan Brown •
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The Digital Transformation Office (DTO) has begun work on the design of a Federal Government ICT dashboard, according to a DTO spokesperson.

The dashboard is expected to improve accountability and transparency of ICT projects and funding, and was promised in the Coalition’s Policy for eGovernment and the Digital Economy. It will be announced by the Minister after the Budget, said the spokesperson.

Additionally, the DTO has released guidelines under its Digital Service Standard requiring all departments to submit a Digital Transformation Plan to the agency by September 2015. These plans will require departments to establish the benchmarks and framework for dashboard reporting, suggesting that the DTO is moving to corral information on departments’ ICT plans and projects for future dashboard display.To develop the Transformation Plans, a Digital Transformation Coordinator in each department will partner with the DTO. The Plans will follow a 3-phase process in which agencies:

  • Order ICT services by priority, and specify the common platforms and solutions they need to adopt;
  • assess whether they have the skills and capability to build services to the Standard; and
  • ensure that implementation is user-centric, and that the services are intuitive and simple.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull used the UTS Digital Innovation Summit in late March to announce that the DTO is building the ICT dashboard along with National ICT Australia (NICTA).

The ICT dashboard was a central pillar in the Coalition’s pre-election commitment to accelerate e-Government to drive productivity gains, savings and citizen-centric service delivery solutions.

Vivek Kundra, the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the Obama administration who attended the Innovation Summit, told Intermedium that in his experience ICT dashboards deliver compelling efficiency pay-offs.

“Literally within six months of launching the IT dashboard [in the US] we were able to save three billion dollars in federal government IT spending”, he said.

Queensland was the first jurisdiction to release an ICT dashboard. 

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