A failed rollout of an infringement management and enforcement system at Victoria\u2019s Department of Justice Regulation \u2013 costing taxpayers $60 million \u2013 is one of six technology projects across the state to come under scrutiny in a report released today.\nThe Victorian Auditor-General\u2019s Office has analysed technology projects worth a combined $200 million with the Department of Justice Regulation\u2019s rollout being terminated in early 2015, six years after the expected completion date. This project also cost double the intended budget.\nThe government and the vendor engaged for the rollout were forced to reach a legal settlement in a situation that the report said was \u201csimply not acceptable.\u201d\nThe Digital Dashboard: Status of ICT Projects and Initiatives \u2013 Phase 2 report also scrutinised projects at City West Water, the University of Melbourne, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, Worksafe Victoria, and Yarra Valley Water.\nThis is the second audit of Victoria\u2019s IT woes. A report released last April found that around 35 per cent of the 1,249 projects active across the state government since 2011 had gone over budget. A third weren\u2019t completed.\nMost of the projects examined under the latest report faced significant challenges at various points during implementation, the audit said.\nAccording to the report, City West Water\u2019s Arrow Program \u2013 which is still in progress \u2013 will cost $122 million by completion, $16 million over the original budget.\nThe University of Melbourne\u2019s ISS student management system is finished and has cost $30 million, which is $7 million over the original budget.\nBoth the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation\u2019s information system and Worksafe Victoria\u2019s electronic document and records management system rollouts were \u2018de-scoped\u2019 and cost $11.61 million and $25.64 million respectively.\nFinally, Yarra Valley Water\u2019s improving infrastructure management system program has been completed for $26 million, which is $9 million over its original budget.\nThe report said that all six audited agencies had defined and formalised governance arrangements in place for their ICT projects. But these arrangement didn\u2019t prevent other project management weakness from adversely affecting planning and implementation, the report said.\nWeaknesses observed included: an inadequate assessment of the vendor\u2019s capability to deliver the project; ineffective governance and poor management; and an inability to appreciate and specify business requirements for the ICT system being purchased, including the changes\/upgrades required for it to integrate with existing infrastructure.\nIt also observed a failure to provide appropriately considered advice to senior management at key stages of the project.\n\u201cThis audit confirms that ICT projects continue to show poor planning and implementation, resulting in significant delays and budget blowouts,\u201d the report said.\nHowever, the Auditor-General\u2019s Office said it saw elements of better practice at the University of Melbourne and Yarra Valley Water, which contributed to the completion of their respective projects.\n\u201cICT projects in the Victorian government should be more effectively planned and management to avoid cost and schedule overruns.\n\u201cWhile clearly defined governance arrangements do not necessarily guarantee a successful ICT project, agencies should work on developing a robust culture of active governance at the senior management level, to make informed decisions and to effectively engage with consultants and vendors,\u201d the report said.