The new Northern Territory ICT Advisory Council has terms of reference which include recommending emerging technologies that could improve efficiency; providing feedback on barriers to local industry development; and advising the Northern Territory Government on appropriate service standards and performance measures.
“We want to grow our local ICT industry and explore new, innovative ways of doing business in this sector,” said Chief Minister Adam Giles.
“[We] have invited a high profile group of industry representative to sit on the Council,” said Giles. The Council’s duties will include the provision of technical advice on improving contracted services and possible ways to increase local content in Government ICT contracts.
The creation of an Advisory Council follows the announcement of a new ICT Governance Framework in the 2014-15 Budget. The Framework is part of a bid to improve ICT investment decisions and the management of major initiatives. The establishment of the Framework was prompted by the $70 million project failure of the former Government’s Asset Management System, which was formally scrapped in March 2014.
The NT Government is now set to launch its replacement Asset Systems Network (ASNET) for managing infrastructure assets valued at approximately $11 billion by the end of October. The ASNET system was developed by Fujitsu.
ICT advisory boards comprised of private sector representatives are already operational in a number of other jurisdictions, including:
- The NSW Government’s ICT Advisory Panel that is comprised entirely of industry members and provides advice on “emerging trends in the industry and research sector, and ICT best practice”;
- The Victorian Government’s Information and Communications Technology Advisory Committee (VICTAC), which combines industry and Government members, and aims to provide “a practical and actionable, forward looking approach to the development and use of ICT by government”; and
- The Queensland Government’s ICT Ministerial Advisory Board, comprised of industry members, which provides advice directly to the Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts on ICT initiatives, industry issues and growth.
The development of an ICT Advisory Board at the Federal level is also ongoing, according to a communique from the Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board’s December 2013 meeting. The Board was proposed in the Coalition’s pre-election E-Government policy “to provide the Government…with access to senior private sector ICT expertise” and provide “advice on the productivity gains achievable from ICT”.