WA government looks for ICT savings with first CIO

Office of the Government Chief Information Officer to be established by July

The Western Australian government will establish a $25 million ICT Renewal and Reform Fund to drive efficiencies in IT spending, Premier Colin Barnett and the state’s finance minister, Bill Marmion, announced today.

As part of a move to be more efficient with ICT spending, the state will also get its first chief information officer.

Money for the ICT Renewal and Reform Fund will come from “targeted reductions in general government agencies’ information and communications technology expenditure, estimated to generate net savings of $85 million after the establishment of the fund” a statement from the government said.

“With a spend of at least $1 billion a year on ICT, there needs to be better co-ordination, consolidation and prioritisation of these resources across State Government,” Barnett said in a statement.

“The delivery of ICT services in Government has not always been as efficient and effective as it might have been.

“Information communications technology reform will drive innovation, improve the way we deliver services to the community and deliver better value for the taxpayer.”

The new CIO will be tasked with cutting ICT costs and developing a reform plan over 12 months.

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer will sit within the Department of Finance and be established by July.

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