Government establishes new insurance regime for IT investments – Strategy
All federal IT proposals will need to have an assurance plan approved by the Digital Transformation Agency as part of a new framework to strengthen investment oversight.
Employment Minister Stuart Robert unveils new whole-of-government government digital and ICT surveillance framework during an opening speech in Canberra to support projects throughout their lifecycle.
Robert said the four-step framework will provide âincreased strategic planning, prioritization, contestability and delivery assurance,â including taking into account the government’s existing IT capabilities.
The framework – part of a updated digital strategy also published on Friday – provide the government with a âmulti-year investment plan that provides advice on which digital and ICT investments the government should invest in and whenâ.
As part of the framework, all proposals will “contain an assurance plan signed by the DTA and the relevant department”, which will be used to inform the allocation of budget funding.
“Future digital and ICT proposals requiring an insurance plan must be approved by the DTA and the relevant department,” Robert told the Australian Information Industry Association on Friday.
âThe Minister of Finance and I will agree on digital investments that will inform the budget. “
The framework will also require proposals to comply with policies regarding reuse, cybersecurity and the cloud, including the hosting certification framework, as well as âdigital service standardsâ.
IT proposals valued at $ 30 million or more will go through the approval process for ICT investments for which DTA assumed responsibility as part of its restructuring earlier this year.
Future investments will also be informed by an understanding of existing IT capabilities through a new whole-of-government architecture.
The architecture, which the DTA was first commissioned to investigate in December, aims to address issues with the government’s siled approach to IT investment.
Robert said the DTA had defined “all the strategic capabilities we need as a government” together with government departments and agencies.
âThis is the first time that this has been done at this depth and scale and it will grow rapidly,â he said.
A Reuse Policy and Catalog has also been developed to provide agencies with a âconsolidated view of emerging or existing government platform and help identify and share reusable platformsâ.
“The reuse of basic technology is now a requirement mandated by the cabinet,” he added.
Robert said the DTA “is now working to identify the digital and ICT assets that exist across government and the capacity gaps that we need to address.”
“In architecture, we are developing a target architecture, which will form the basis of the guidance industry and the sector at large can refer to the government’s investment in Australia’s digital future”, did he declare.
âOur new architecture will reduce waste and duplication, it will allow us to better manage the lifecycle of our critical digital assets, and it will inform investments where they are needed most. “
Digital Capabilities Review Completed
Roberts also used his address to confirm that the government has completed its comprehensive review of computing and digital capabilities, with the government currently considering the results.
He said the DTA had been “tasked … to prepare and publish a summary of the findings of the review by the end of this year”.
The clarification comes a week after a Senate committee criticized the government for the apparent lack of progress in the digital capabilities review after two years.
The DTA was tasked with producing the digital review – which evolved from an IT audit – in response to the APS review by David Thodey in December 2019 as a precursor to a more IT plan. long term.
Robert said the review gave the government “an accurate baseline measure of digital capability in APS, so we can get down to work to get it where it needs to be.”
âThe review has shown that we need to do some things differently as we continue to transform APS,â he said.
âWe need to better align agency approaches to address common challenges, reducing duplication of efforts. “
âWe need to make data more readily available and accessible to inform evidence-based decision making. “
Robert said the review is already being used to “support the strategic planning of government digital investments,” which will reduce inefficiencies and costs in the short and long term.
Robert also confirmed that the new portal and myGov app “will enter the final phase of beta testing in 10 days,” according to the schedule revealed by Services Australia in October.
âWe have listened carefully to our client to gradually design and deliver a modern, flexible and personalized platform,â he said.
âI can’t wait for it to roll out more widely, including as an app, next year. “
The government has allocated more than $ 200 million this year to ensure that the citizen service delivery experience offered in myGov is similar to that of the private sector.
Services Australia and DTA began building the government’s digital experience platform – powered by Adobe software – with help from Deloitte in early 2020.