Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board (SIGB)

The Board’s Role

The SIGB is a Board of Secretaries and Chief Executives representing central bodies, portfolio departments and delivery agencies.

This Board will:

  • Oversee and monitor the implementation of the ICT Strategy;
  • Develop and set whole-of-government strategic ICT policy;
  • Agree opportunities and priority areas for standardisation, consolidation and common approaches based on demonstrated business value to Government;
  • Assess agency requests for opt-outs from agreed common ICT approaches that are set by either the SIGB or by Government;
  • Be responsible for the strategic management of ICT investments across non-corporate Commonwealth Entity (NCCE) agencies and review, on an annual basis, key trends in the Government’s ICT expenditure;
  • Be responsible for determining the Government’s response to emerging ICT trends and issues;
  • Build a coordinated view of ICT capabilities and facilities across Australian Government agencies;
  • Oversee the activities of lead agencies who are progressing whole-of-government ICT initiatives; and
  • Consider and review the annual work plan of the Chief Information Officer Committee (CIOC) and the Authentication Governance Committee (AGC).   

Board’s Authority

The SIGB was formed in 2009 as part of the Government’s response to the ‘Review of the Australian Government’s use of ICT’. The SIGB oversaw the implementation of the ICT Reform Program and reported progress to the Expenditure Review Committee (ERC). With the conclusion of the ICT Reform Program, the Board has no current obligation to report regularly to Government. The Board will continue to brief Government on various programs on an as needs basis.

The SIGB is the main authority on significant matters and emerging issues arising in the context of whole-of-government ICT policy. The SIGB will inform the Secretaries’ Board and the broader leadership of the Australian Public Service of major decisions and issues in the ICT arena.

Operating Arrangements

  • The Board is chaired by the Secretary, Department of Finance.
  • The chair of the CIOC and AGC (First Assistant Secretary, Efficiency, Assurance and Digital Government, Governance and Resource Management Group, Department of Finance) attends SIGB meetings.
  • The Australian Government Chief Technology Officer (AGCTO) attends SIGB meetings.
  • Finance and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet are permanent members of the Board.
  • The Board will be supported by the CIOC, the Chief Information Officers’ Forum (CIOF) and the AGC.   
  • Secretariat services will be provided by the Department of Finance through AGIMO.
  • The Board will meet four to five times each calendar year.
  • Members may be required to consider papers out-of-session outside of scheduled meeting dates.
  • Where possible, papers put forward for noting only will be circulated out-of-session.
  • When papers are circulated to members, Finance will ensure that appropriate confidentiality and security provisions are met.
  • Papers will be provided to members five working days prior to each meeting.
  • Other Secretaries and Agency Heads will be co-opted to SIGB meetings when advice on a particular issue is required.
  • Senior business executives from companies within and outside the ICT sector may be consulted from time to time to provide advice to the Board on topics of importance.
  • Membership of the Board will be rotated from time to time at the discretion of the Chair.


The table below provides details of agencies and members represented on the Board.

Agency Title
Department of Finance Secretary (Chair)
Department of Communications Secretary
Department of Defence Associate Secretary
Department of Social Services Secretary
Department of Human Services Secretary
Department of Immigration and Border Protection Secretary
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Deputy Secretary
Attorney-General's Department Secretary
National Archives of Australia Director-General

Expected Lifespan of the Board

The continued relevance of the Board, Terms of Reference and Operating Arrangements will be reviewed every two years.

SIGB Communiqués


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