20 June 2018

OGCIO merges with Department of Premier and Cabinet: What this means for the ICT strategy for WA?

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The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO)  was established by the former Barnett government in 2015 in an effort to reduce the state’s ICT spending by $100 million over four years. Their mission is to collaborate with government agencies and industry to stabilise cost, increase value for money and minimize risk in delivery of ICT across the public sector.

Now, the OGCIO will be merging with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from the 1st of July 2018. This comes after the McGowan’s government second budget where they revealed that this merge would provide a ‘stronger mandate for the government’s digital transformation agenda and ensure that ICT performance, data sharing and cyber security are strengthened’.

This merge reinforces Western Australia’s journey to the digital future with the whole-of-government Digital WA strategy 2016-2020 aiming to have 75% of government related public transaction completed online by 2020.

The shift to digital innovation sparks the intention to build a reliable digital foundation to meet the needs of the WA government. The core themes that the strategy is focused on are:
  • Technology platforms -cheaper access to better technology across the sector
  • Digital security – trusted and appropriate security for data and transactions
  • Online self-service – easier access to more government digital services
  • ICT business management  better and more efficient management of ICT resources
  • Sourcing and innovation – improve how government finds and procures ICT services
  • People capability – identify and address gaps in workforce digital skills
  • Information and analytics – combine and use quality data to inform decision -making
  • Governance & strategic policy – direction for transparent ICT decisions in government ICT
The interim GCIO, Marion Burchell, is now focused on successfully transitioning OGCIO and shifting the existing reform agenda into the new digital focus of the Labour Government.

Now, with an increased emphasis on WA’s Digital Strategy, the public sector is more than determined to implement a whole-of-government approach to digital transformation. This merge is just another indication as to how WA is making a bold statement in their digital transformation agenda.  

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Written by: Vishi Peters 

Vishi is a Conference Producer of Akolade’s Government and Digital portfolio. She has a strong interest in current affairs and enjoys giving an educated opinion about emerging trends. She is passionate about photography, enjoys playing cricket and cooking different cuisines and expanding her knowledge of food.  

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