The Australian Computer Society (ACS) welcomes the Victorian Government's ICT strategy, launched on 12 February, 2013. The Strategy addresses ICT usage and procurement in Government.
The Victorian Branch of the ACS provided detailed feedback on the drafts in late 2012, incorporating comments from a significant number of ACS members.
ACS congratulates the Victorian government for choosing to focus on ICT Workforce Capability, as a significant part of its strategy, and looks forward to making a significant contribution to the forthcoming Victorian Public Service ICT capability framework with a range of soon to be announced innovative actions identified in the Victorian Government's ICT strategy. Within this context, ACS will continue to emphasise to the Government the need for ICT projects to be led and managed by competent, certified ICT professionals.
We also look forward to expanding our engagement with Government more broadly over coming months and years, both in the context of ICT usage and procurement, but also in areas of ICT industry and professional development, governance, and standards. We understand that the world we live in is changing and new operational models are being developed every day and we support many of these developments.
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We are currently engaged and/or creating awareness within Government in the key areas identified for improvement, both as a Society and as individual members, by:
- Participation in the Government’s ICT Skills Working Group
- Establishment of ICT Women in Victoria Special Interest Group, in cooperation with Vic ICT 4 Women.
- Promoting Digital Futures Fund
- Promoting Best Practice Governance including support for development of ISO 38500
- Releasing Government Data
- Identification of Innovations in ICT through collaboration and Special Interest Group/ Information Age and related publications
- ACS members involvement in professional ICT led Gateway reviews and Independent Investment Management Standard facilitations
- Capability and support in implementation of SFIA skills framework, related opportunities for education and pathways to ACS qualifications for Certified Technologists (CT) and Certified Professionals (CP) including support for ongoing Professional Development and continuous improvement for ICT staff
- Support of e Services reform program including feedback from ACS members
- Industry Engagement through regular dialogue, partnering and support including i-Awards Leadership and Logistics
Ernest Stabek, Vice Chairman, ACS Victoria and Chairman ACS Victoria Policy and Government Relations Committee said: “It’s time for some real engagement and innovative action across governance, helping to define what professionalism means and better application of transferrable skills to ensure we meet the needs of a more adaptive future for ICT as demanded by users”
Ian Dennis, Chairman, ACS Victoria, congratulates the Government on the Strategy and the members of the ACS Victoria Policy and Government Relations Committee on their active engagement with the Government to assist in this excellent result.
We look forward to expanding our engagement with Government to fast track implementation of the proposed strategies.
The full strategy is available for download:
Victorian Government ICT Strategy 2013 to 2014 (pdf, 634b)