ICT Investment Framework

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) aims to improve the Australian Government's return on investment in ICT by enhancing strategic planning, agency capability, management and evaluation of ICT-enabled projects. AGIMO assists agencies to better align their ICT investment with their business and policy objectives and whole-of-government strategies.

Whole-of-Government ICT Investment Principles

The whole-of-government ICT investment principles recognise the responsibility of agencies to deliver their own and whole-of-government objectives within the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act).

Planning an ICT Investment

AGIMO can provide advice to agencies planning to invest in ICT. We assist agencies to better understand organisational capability and ICT risks to the Government's policy and service delivery objectives; and plan for efficiencies and other benefits, for example, through joint system development and procurement.

To request advice on your ICT initiatives, please e-mail ictadvice@finance.gov.au.

ICT Two Pass Review Process

The Government has implemented a Two Pass process for the development and review of business cases relating to ICT-enabled projects and Defence projects not using the Kinnaird two-pass process.

The ICT Two Pass Review process applies to ICT proposals with:

  • high risks in terms of technical complexity, workforce or schedule, and
  • a total cost of $30 million, including an ICT cost of $10 million or more.

Agencies should use the ICT Business Case Guide, templates and costing spreadsheet for Two Pass business cases, For proposals that do not meet the Two Pass criteria, an agency can still use these documents for developing business cases.

Organisational Capability in ICT Investment

ICT Reform Agency Capability Initiative

The Government introduced the Agency Capability Initiative to improve agencies' organisational capability to commission, manage and realise benefits from ICT-enabled investments.

This initiative is part of the Government's response to the recommendations of the Review of the Australian Government's Use of ICT and aims to strengthen governance of the lifecycle of ICT investment including business domain activities such as benefits realisation.

Agencies are using the Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3®) as the common methodology for assessing their organisational capability.

Further information is available from the Organisational Capability in ICT Investment page.

P3M3® is a Registered Trade Mark of the UK Cabinet Office.

Performance Measurement

AGIMO has developed a Performance Indicator Catalogue with indicators suitable for measuring performance across the whole project lifecycle, from planning to implementation to realising benefits. The catalogue also assists different levels of management in an agency (from project team member to CEO) to identify appropriate indicators against which they can manage performance.

As part of AGIMO's business case review function, agencies' ICT business cases will be assessed to ensure there has been adequate identification of benefits and performance indicators, and planning for benefits realisation and evaluation has been conducted.

ICT Benchmarking

Federal Government agencies subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act participate in annual benchmarking of their ICT activities.

Further information is available on the ICT Benchmarking page.

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Contact for information on this page: ictinvestmentframe@finance.gov.au