Victorian government unveils 2016-2020 ICT strategy
The Victorian special minister for state, Gavin Jennings, has unveiled the state’s 2016–2020 ICT Strategy. The focus is on digital government, open data access and streamlining the roll-out of ICT projects.
• Victoria will create a new data agency. This is to better use and share data, while improving policy decisions and the design of services.
• Legislative reforms are immnent to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) and the Office of the Freedom of Information Commissioner to streamline access to government data.
• Service Victoria will develop a digital distribution channel to manage simple, high volume transactions.
• CenITex, streamlines the broader governance arrangements and establishes a “performance management framework.”
• More clarity is sought around cloud and whole-of-government procurement. There are plans to fine-tune the state’s cyber strategy and develop a State Emergency Response plan for cyber security.
• Victoria also launches a public dashboard of ICT projects over $1m. A Public Sector Innovation Fund will identify projects to build the technology know-how and capability.
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- Invest in digital convergence and demand for digital content
- Go mainstream with the adoption of cloud computing and cloud-based software and apps
- Fast-track the uptake of mobile and wireless computing
- Increase focus on low energy and sustainable ICT, for example, data centres
- Deploy intelligent systems and smart networks across key infrastructure
- Leverage data analytics to handle greater volumes of data and records
- Deploy ubiquitous high-capacity broadband