Following the Federal Government’s Gershon Review, the NSW Government has announced the appointment of former Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Finance, Stephen Sedgewick, as the independent chair of the Better Services and Value Taskforce.
Creation of the Taskforce was announced in the 2009/10 NSW Budget. The Taskforce’s mandate is to undertake a forensic examination of NSW government agency spending to identify savings and improve service delivery. In the Budget the Government announced an aim to deliver efficiency dividends of 1 percent over the next two years and by 1½ percent thereafter through spending cuts.
A priority focus for the Taskforce is to rationalise whole-of-government spending in areas such as IT and legal services.
If the Gershon Review provides any guide, Intermedium expects the Taskforce to target ICT savings of around $200-250 million over the four years. However, there are significant differences between the states and the Federal Government in deployment of ICT which need to be taken into account.
Intermedium will hold a breakfast briefing on the likely roadmap of the ICT Costs Review in NSW. Please see below for details.