Damon Rees appointed to lead independent review of MBR program

Australian Treasury

I am pleased to announce that Mr Damon Rees will lead the independent review into the Modernising Business Registers program.

Mr Rees brings considerable expertise in driving complex, digitally enabled transformation to the review.

He is currently the Managing Principal and CEO of Better As Usual and was most recently the CEO of Service NSW where he oversaw the introduction of several significant ICT projects, including delivery of the NSW Digital Drivers Licence.

Mr Rees has previously held senior digital and information technology related roles at Westpac, Woolworths and Macquarie Group.

A final report with recommendations will be provided to government by 30 June 2023. Mr Rees will be supported by a secretariat comprised of staff from Treasury, the Digital Transformation Agency, and other agencies.

The finalised terms of reference for the review are attached.

Terms of reference

The review of the MBR program is designed to ensure investment in this core national economic infrastructure is delivered within a reasonable timeframe and budget.

The review will provide a comprehensive understanding of the current state of the program by:

  • assessing the expenditure to date including drivers contributing to cost increases
  • measuring what has been delivered, and work remaining to achieve the objectives of the program
  • identifying key aspects that present significant risks, including to the successful delivery of the program’s objectives, cost and delivery schedule
  • validating current estimated costs and underlying assumptions
  • evaluating governance and management practices.

It will provide recommendations on how to best position the program to achieve its intended objectives, including:

  • improvements or changes to information technology solutions
  • improvements or alternative approaches to design and delivery that will reduce cost, accelerate delivery and/or improve governance and management of the program
  • strategies, which might include appropriate revisions to the scope of the program’s deliverables, to mitigate significant risks to the successful delivery of the program’s objectives, cost and delivery schedule.

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