WA pledges funds for public sector digital transformation

By David Donaldson

April 3, 2019

The West Australian government has promised to spend just under $35 million on public sector digital transformation.

The $34.7 million will be spent over four years by the Office of Digital Government to lead digital transformation in the WA bureaucracy, the government announced this week.

The money will go towards improving delivery of online services to the community, implementing higher cyber security standards, improving data protection and sharing, building data analytics capabilities, supporting the implementation of ICT procurement reforms, and investigating strategies to reduce the digital divide and any digital disadvantage.

It is the first time a WA government has provided ongoing funding for a digital reform agenda and to support agencies in improving service delivery to the community, the government said in a statement, as the previous government only temporarily funded the former Office of the Government Chief Information Officer to establish and drive a whole-of-government ICT strategy, policy and reform agenda.

In the Service Priority Review 2017 report, the OCGIO was found to have an ambiguous remit and be operating without a requisite mandate. The report also highlighted the funding allocated by the previous government was considered insufficient for the OGCIO to deliver on its responsibilities.

The McGowan government created the Office of Digital Government in 2018 with a remit to advance the state’s digital reform agenda.

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