This audit examined whether Victorian public
sector agencies and entities are appropriately planning, managing
and implementing selected ICT projects in terms of time, cost,
benefits realisation and governance. It also looked into how much
was spent on ICT across the Victorian public sector for the period
2011–12 to 2013–14.
We found that Victorian agencies and entities
are currently not in a position to assure Parliament and the
Victorian community that their ICT investments have resulted in
sufficient public value to justify the significant expenditure of
Currently agencies and entities are not only
unable to demonstrate the achievement of expected benefits from ICT
investments, they are also, in general, unable to comprehensively
report actual ICT expenditure, or the status of projects.
The difficulty many agencies had in providing
basic information raises concerns about the current level of
scrutiny applied to the status and performance of ICT projects as
part of agency governance processes. Had agencies been properly
monitoring their investments, the information sought for this audit
would have been readily available.
This audit also confirms that weaknesses
previously reported on by VAGO in ICT project planning and
delivery, continue unabated.
The information provided for this audit indicates that in
2011–12, 2012–13 and 2013–14, the average annual ICT expenditure of
Victorian government agencies and entities was $3.02 billion, which
is 4.3 per cent of the average annual state operating expenditure
of $71.04 billion.
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