Victorian Government wants public ICT plan views

State goes blogging to canvass opinions on its future ICT direction

The Victorian Government has put a call out for submissions to a newly established blog on the state’s next ICT plan.

Those interested in helping shape the plan set to replace the Victorian Government ICT Industry Plan 2005-2010, are encouraged to submit their views on the Multimedia Victoria blog. The ICT Plan Blog is a new initiative with the first post stating the Multimedia Victoria Team (MMVTeam) will be “regularly posting on issues regarding the ICT Industry, technology trends, adoption and use of ICT and next-generation broadband”. Comments posted to the blog are expected to be used by Multimedia Victoria to help “answer or clarify issues they are researching in the development of the new plan”.

The Victorian Government blog consultation move comes shortly after the Federal Government began to make material use of the Government 2.0 Taskforce’s recommendations, launching interactive tools and a more open process around its tender listings.

The initiative is being trialled by the Department of Finance and Deregulation around its tendering for a Panel of Providers for Telecommunications Operational Management Services (TOMS).

It sees the use of direct, personal communication between the Department and tenderers through the use of a Gov 2.0 blog hosted on the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).

In late 2008, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner, also launched a joint blog to canvass opinions on the future of Australia’s digital economy.

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