Though the recommendations on Government ICT made by Sir Peter Gershon have yet to be considered by Cabinet, it's clear there is strong support for most is not all of his suggestions.
In a speech to an AIIA event in Melbourne last week, Minister for Finance, Lindsay Tanner did not back away from any of the Gershon Report recommendations, confirming that he "broadly supported" all the recommendations.
During the presentation, the Minister specifically addressed four of the Gershon's recommendations:
- Improving governance - Gershon found weak governance, both within agencies and across whole-of-government
- Driving down business as usual (BAU) costs - Gershon found agencies did not subject their BAU spend to sufficient scrutiny
- Interacting with industry - Recommendations included providing more opportunities for SMEs
- ICT skills development and management - Gershon suggested a 50% cut in contractor numbers
Tanner emphasised that implementation of the changes proposed by Gershon would result in major cultural changes within the public sector. However, he confirmed he thought "the report forms an excellent basis for implementing a series of changes for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of government ICT."
As soon as the Government has formally responded to the Gershon recommendations, Intermedium will conduct a detailed briefing to explain the implications for industry of the post-Gershon implementation plans.