FAILED APPRENTICE IT SYSTEM ROUNDS OUT THE DIGITAL DIRTY DOZEN

22 May 2018

The Turnbull Government’s key digital agency has admitted a failed digital project had been placed on a special watch list - and this still couldn’t save the project.

ED HUSIC MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE

DIGITAL ECONOMY

MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY

 

SENATOR DOUG CAMERON

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS

SENATOR FOR NSW

 

FAILED APPRENTICE IT SYSTEM ROUNDS OUT THE DIGITAL DIRTY DOZEN

The Turnbull Government’s key digital agency has admitted a failed digital project had been placed on a special watch list - and this still couldn’t save the project.

Just last week, the government finally pulled the plug on its beleaguered Australian Apprentice Management System (AAMS).

For twelve months the Opposition has questioned the way the entire project has been managed.

For twelve months the Government stonewalled, insisting there was nothing wrong.

And then late Friday it announced it was shutting down the project.

Appearing before Senate Estimates last night, the Digital Transformation Agency was unable to explain what steps it had taken to rescue the AAMS.

Taxpayers have now seen $20 million lost because of what an external review described as “systemic project weaknesses”.

This incident casts new doubt on the way digital projects are supervised - and whether billions of taxpayer dollars on IT projects are being properly protected.

The failed apprenticeship IT system now rounds out the “dirty dozen” of government digital transformation failures:

2.    The phenomenal fail of its 2016 Census

3.    Repeated crashes of the ATO website: more than 12 over 12 months

4.    Delayed revamp of the Child Support Agency website

5.    Halted the start of Online NAPLAN testing

6.    Guillotined its GOV.AU redesign proposal, wasting nearly $1m

7.    Shut its Digital Transformation Office, then renamed it     

8.    Waved goodbye to its DTO CEO

9.    Scored small business thumbs down for overhyped Digital Marketplace

10. Witnessed the arrest of DHS IT contractors for suspected fraud

11. Notched up a record spend on government IT

12. And who can forget…RoboDebt?

 

The digital dirty dozen proves that the Turnbull government is too internally divided and chaotic to deliver the most basic of government services.

TUESDAY, 22 MAY 2018

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra