Plain language about Digital Leadership and  Governance of Information Technology for Executives and Directors  
●Presentation Highlights
Sir Peter Gershon's report on the Australian Government's use of IT focuses on a core problem: weak governance.

As a result of weak governance, agencies are inefficiently competing for resources, duplicating effort, not realising benefits, tolerating excessive costs and failing to detect and control risk.
Mark Toomey presented his views on the Gershon report, and the Australian IT industry response, to the Australian Computer Society Victorian branch forum on Wednesday 19 November.

The key linkage is clear - Gershon found that governance is weak in the Australian Governments use of IT.  He referred explicitly to the definition of provided in AS8015 and ISO/IEC 38500.  His recommendation to the government is plain and clear: Ministers must direct and control the overall use of IT, and the heads of government departments must ensure that the government's instructions are followed.

Gershon specified a requirement for change in culture, again linking this to the responsibility of the people who have top level responsibility.

The Gershon report is overall a case study in describing the consequences of poor governance, and of the significant actions that must be taken to improve the situation.  Gershon was clear in his view that the change must start at the top.
ACS members understand that the Gershon review poses an enormous opportunity for Australia, with scope to become best practice in governance of IT, development of new career structures and the IT industry overall, and scope for new innovation in IT use in government.

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