Gateway Review Process
[published November 2007]
Several government projects being developed over the next few months will incorporate a new project assurance methodology - the Gateway Review Process. The Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) is calling for agencies to express their interest in running a Gateway pilot on a major forthcoming procurement.
Gateway is based on a six staged review process and was developed by the United Kingdom Government. It has been implemented in Australia over recent years by the Federal, Victorian and New South Wales governments. "It provides a governance framework that has strong agency involvement - supporting the project’s Senior Responsible Officer in successfully delivering their project on time and on budget," said John Tondut, DTF's Executive Director Government Procurement."
Gateway can be applied to all large procurement projects including new construction, ICT infrastructure, and major equipment purchases."
Gateway incorporates short, sharp independent reviews undertaken by a team of experienced practitioners from outside the agency. At major milestones in the project's delivery process (termed gates), a report is provided to the project's Senior Responsible Officer assessing it against best practice, and making a "traffic light" assessment as to whether the project should proceed through the gate.
"We are now seeking agencies who are willing to pilot Gateway on one of their projects," John Tondut said.
"The Department of Health has already agreed to incorporate Gateway as part of its ICT Reform Program, and we would welcome other agencies getting involved in piloting Gateway.
"Gateway has been endorsed 'in principle' for implementation across government - but the best way to do this in the WA Government context needs to be determined.
"I want to emphasise that Gateway is a quality assurance tool for the benefit of the project delivery team," John Tondut said.
"To be successful, Gateway reviews need to be agency initiated and supported. DTF’s role will be to support agency project managers - helping them establish their review teams and providing ongoing training and support for the reviewers."