The Victorian Government has just released a new report that examines approaches to "joined up government". Though general in nature, it could provide clues for suppliers wishing to engage with the Victorian Government.
As part of its charter to promote effective public administration in Victoria, the State Services Authority has examined Victorian approaches to joined up government. This follows on from the Authority's previous project on The Future of the Public Sector that identified engaging across jurisdictions and portfolios as a major challenge for the public sector.
Many complex public policy issues do not fit neatly into departmental boundaries, portfolios or tiers of government, and are not able to be addressed through the actions of a single government department or in some instances, a single tier of government.
This report provides an overview of joined up approaches within Victoria. It explores the issues, barriers, strengths and lessons learned. It also considers whether there are opportunities to further develop the Victorian Government's institutional capacity (structures, systems and processes) to support a joined up approach. Several of the areas identified for future work may indicate areas of potential opportunity for ICT suppliers including:
- dedicating resource allocation to support high priority joined up initiatives;
- encouraging innovation in joined up approaches and managing sensible risk;
- ensuring appropriate skills and capabilities within the public sector;
- developing a systemic approach to sharing and evaluating the experiences and outcomes of joining up;
- improving the empirical base on which joined up initiatives are planned, delivered and evaluated.