Priorities: ICT Assurance Framework

The NSW ICT Governance Model includes the establishment of an ICT Assurance Framework (IAF).  The IAF is aligned with the Treasury Gateway Policy, with the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) as a Gateway Coordination Agency as outlined in the Treasury Circular TC17-03.

NSW Government ICT Assurance Framework

This framework is designed to improve strategic alignment and assurance for ICT projects across the project lifecycle. It sets out the Gateway Review process and other assurance requirements for ICT projects including mandatory due diligence reviews, health checks, deep dive reviews and project status reporting.

Establishment of the IAF

The NSW Government's ICT Assurance Unit was established within DFSI in 2016.

  • June 2016 - Expenditure Review Committee (ERC) approved NSW Government ICT Investment Governance Model
  • August 2016 - ICT & Digital Leadership Group approved the transition arrangements
  • September 2016 - IAF project registrations started
  • December 2016 - IAF approved by Cabinet

The mandate for the creation of IAF is for a standardised, more rigorous governance model to oversee the State's investment in ICT projects.

 IAF is designed to deliver

  • improved service delivery for NSW citizens
  • value to the NSW Government
  • greater return on ICT investment
  • reduced risk
  • on-time and on-budget delivery
  • standardised metric-driven project status

Reducing risk and focusing effort on HR/HP initiatives


The IAF applies to all ICT projects that are in-flight, about to commence, or are planned for the next financial year

  • with an estimated total cost (ETC) of $10 million and above.  Estimated total cost includes all components of the program/project, not just ICT costs (the IAF also applies to ICT projects with an ETC under $10 million if they are of strategic importance or concern).
  • being developed and/or delivered by General Government agencies and Government Businesses.  State Owned Corporations are covered if required under NSW Treasury's Commercial Policy Framework.

ICT refers to the entire spectrum of technologies for information processing, including software, hardware, communications technologies and related services.  In general, ICT does not include embedded technologies that do not generate data for enterprise use.  This may include stand-alone Operational Technology projects and programs as agreed with Infrastructure NSW.



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