Public servants share their ideas for a better information technology transition

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) delegates joined CPSU/CSA Branch Secretary Toni Walkington to deliver a briefing to the Innovation and ICT Minister, Dave Kelly.

Minister Kelly received a detailed report about issues and observations from the coal-face regarding GovNext-ICT on Wednesday 6 June.

The CPSU/CSA has been maintaining a log of member issues with GovNext-ICT since major contracts were signed by the Barnett Government. A lack of transitional funds in the 2018-19 Budget provided some added urgency for the meeting.

The briefing discussed:

  • The potential for public servants to better defend public data.
  • Opportunities to negotiate for cost savings.
  • Realistic ICT policy for regional Western Australia.
  • Interagency internal communication for ICT transition.

Represented in the meeting were Department of Justice, Communities (Child Protection and Housing), Training and Workforce Development (TAFE) and Department of Transport.

Branch Secretary Toni Walkington made the case that the Langoulant Inquiry had developed recommendations for a successful navigation of the migration phase of GovNext-ICT – these directions aligned with union member experiences and should be followed closely.

Minister Kelly said a number of initiatives were already progressing to protect the security of government data and public funds.

He told the delegation that the public service required a stronger contingent of experienced ICT specialists. He was committed to building ICT staff capabilities during his time as Minister.

In order to work towards this goal, the CPSU/CSA will continue working with the Ministers office to identify opportunities.

If you are aware of a developing ICT contract that could be performed by internal staff (as opposed to contracting out) the CPSU/CSA would like to hear from you.

We are interested in developing an ongoing listing of ICT outsourcing which presents instead an opportunity to build and develop public sector ICT staff.

Please email opportunity details to [email protected] (if possible, please include any links to TendersWA or publicly available tender details). 

The CPSU/CSA would like to thank all ICT specialist union members who took the time to send issues, queries and concerns following our E-News call-out in April. The detailed comments assisted the delegation in our meeting with the Minister.

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