What is the Victorian Local Government Enablement Platform?
The VLGEP is a secure local government network hub, though which all councils can access the internet, other levels of government, service providers and each other via a platform common link.
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Proof of concept schedule
The VLGEP 6-month proof-of-concept started on 1 January 2017.
Participating POC partners are:
- The Municipal Association of Victoria
- Melton City Council
- Moorabool City Council
- Surf Coast Shire Council
- Nillumbik Shire Council
How has this project been developed so far?
The VLGEP has been developed in a partnership between the MAV and Telstra following a competitive tender process. It leverages the substantive experience of Telstra providing a similar service to the Tasmanian State Government. The strength of this model is that it is leading, responsive, open and contestable. Councils can retain the right of choice and the ability to transition into the service when ready.
The VLGEP Proof of Concept infrastructure and support is being provided at no additional cost to councils or the MAV.
Why does the plan keep changing?
The VLGEP is an ambitious and innovative project. Set-backs and amendments to the plan are expected along the way, and will be considered part of the learning.
The commitment demonstrated by Telstra in developing this project in partnership with the MAV is evidence that they see the potential for replication in other states and with other levels of government in the future. Initial discussions with other service providers indicate that they also see value in the idea and are keen to contribute to the development of the platform.
The vision of all councils interacting with other levels of government, service providers and each other in a consistent way is a compelling one for all stakeholders. It could enable sharing of skills and systems across councils and open up new possibilities for group procurement of services.
- Services shall be contestable and self-regulating; the platform must ensure that services remain competitive at every level.
- All Victorian councils have the right to opt into the service when they are ready.
- Councils retain the right to exit the platform without any loss of access to their data and no unreasonable loss of access to their component of shared data.
- The platform must provide end-to-end service assurance.
- The platform should not place unnecessary or undue pre-requisite telecommunication requirement upon councils before they are able to participate.
- Councils may have the option of paying zero upfront capital expenditure to participate in the platform. The platform should provide councils with the option of paying as they go.
- Services and the service level agreements shall be open and transparent and published in the VLGEP service catalogue.