A reshuffle following the appointment of John Brumby and Rob Hull as Premier and Deputy may see Victoria gain a new IT Minister. There's also no detail yet on how the change of leadership will impact the Victorian Government's approach to ICT industry development or its ICT purchasing commitments.
The current Minister for Finance, Tim Holding, whose title includes Minister for ICT (appointed November 2006) is jockying for the position of Treasurer vacated by Mr Brumby's elevation to Premier. Mr Brumby is expected to chose between Mr Holding and Education Minister, John Lenders as part of a wider portfolio reshuffle later this week.
The new Premier has intimated that the reshuffle may be quite significant, but there is no word on whether the IT portfolio will be retained, or whom might occupy the position.
Mr Brumby has acted quickly to stamp his authority on the Premiership, and not surprisingly, has nominated education, health, major projects and public transport as priorities, along with business investment and water security. Although there are ICT implications in the above, Mr Brumby has made no specific mention of his priorities in this area.
Intermedium understands that a portfolio of ICT-related projects has been funded by the Victorian Government over the past four years to the tune of $1 billion. It is unclear how the Brumby leadership will deal with the $400 million of this project funding that has yet to go to the market.
Victoria is regarded to have been more proactive in recent years than other state governments in the area of ICT industry development, and there is no indication that this will change.