Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan 2010 - 2015
One of the objectives of this ICT Sustainability Plan is to demonstrate Australian Government leadership in the sustainable management of ICT operations. This will only occur if the overall approach and actions contained in the plan lead to improved outcomes. To ensure these outcomes are achieved appropriate coordination and oversight of agency activities, and the implementation of systems to underpin the plan, are required.
Central coordination will be provided by a nominated agency to ensure that whole-of-government outcomes are realised and that agencies receive appropriate support and guidance during the implementation of the plan.
The nominated central coordination agency will develop an ICT Sustainability Implementation Plan to schedule and cost activities. Some of the key transitional arrangements and agency support activities are listed below.
|Sustainable ICT procurement||
|Energy and carbon management||
|Leadership, governance and management||
A mid-term review of the Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan 2010 - 2015 will be undertaken to determine the plan's effectiveness, including an assessment and progress report on the following areas:
- relevance of mandatory environmental criteria for ICT acquisitions and energy intensity measures and targets;
- analysis of whole-of-government ICT energy consumption targets and agency targets;
- agency progress towards implementing initiatives outlined in Appendix 2;
- success of implementation activities; and
- environmental, social and financial analysis of benefits realised.
The review will also consider any significant changes in Australian Government policy and international ICT sustainability initiatives and technology.
ACTION: Central coordination, guidance and support for agencies will be provided in the following areas:
- supporting agencies with implementation;
- policy advice and standardisation of practice;
- integration of plan into agency management systems;
- online ICT sustainability knowledge centre, helpdesk, training and communication;
- measurement, monitoring, evaluation and reporting; and
- mid-term review of the plan.
There may be requirements outlined in the plan that are not suitable for agency operations to meet service levels or special purpose needs. In such cases, agencies that have special operational circumstances or business needs can apply for exemption (opt-out) from requirements in the plan by submitting a business case for consideration by the Secretaries' ICT Governance Board (SIGB).46
46 Agencies should refer to the Process for Administration of Opt-outs from Whole-of-Government ICT Arrangements at www.finance.gov.au/e-government/strategy-and-governance/docs/Process_for_administration_of_opt.pdf