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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 September 2019) . . Page.. 3787 ..


Auditor-General’s report No 5 of 2019—government response

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Advanced Technology and Space Industries, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (2.50): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Auditor-General’s Act, pursuant to section 21—Auditor-General’s Report No 5/2019—Management of the System-Wide Data Review implementation program—Government response.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children, Youth and Families, Minister for Health and Minister for Urban Renewal) (2.50): I am pleased that the government’s response to the recommendations of the Auditor-General’s report on the management of the system-wide data review implementation program has been tabled today.

Earlier this year the Auditor-General reviewed the effectiveness of the program management arrangements that were supporting the implementation of the outcomes from the 2017 system-wide data review. The audit also examined the project management arrangements for the ACT Health Directorate’s data repository population project, which is the largest project under the system-wide data review implementation program.

While the audit made two recommendations for improvements in program governance arrangements and program planning, it also noted that the data repository population project demonstrated well-established processes and a thorough and mature approach to project management.

Mature and effective program management arrangements are integral to the timely delivery of the outcomes from the system-wide data review. The government welcomes the early review of the arrangements for this multiyear implementation program and agrees with both audit recommendations. These recommendations are already being actioned by the ACT Health Directorate as part of the government’s ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement of health data quality, analysis and reporting.

The ACT Health Directorate has already embedded international best practice arrangements for the delivery of healthcare technology-based projects, programs and portfolio management. To support these arrangements, tailored delivery frameworks have been developed and are available on the ACT Health website. The delivery frameworks have been used successfully to deliver dozens of technology-based projects and programs, including the recently-launched DAPIS online remote access, or DORA, website for secure online prescription monitoring across the ACT.

A dedicated system-wide data review program management team has been established, with an experienced program manager and program support. This team has been


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