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GCIO Assurance Services Sub-panel

The Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO), as the functional leader for Government ICT, is mandated to establish an independent panel of Independent Quality Assurance (IQA) and Technical Quality Assurance (TQA) providers.  The objective of the panel is to improve the quality, consistency and independence of Assurance Services provided to government agencies in order to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Helping agencies to make better informed investment decisions
  • Providing a level of confidence to Ministers and the public that ICT investments are well managed and will deliver the expected benefits
  • Improved access to highly qualified providers of Assurance Services
  • Delivering value for money and increased efficiency as a result of agencies not having to maintain their own panels or perform lengthy tender processes.

The GCIO Assurance Services Sub-panel (GCIO Sub-panel) is a sub-panel of the Assurance sub-category of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) All-of-Government (AoG) Consultancy Services Solution.  This means that providers must first be appointed to the Assurance panel of providers under the AoG Consultancy Services Solution before they can be appointed to the GCIO Sub-panel.  While MBIE is responsible for negotiating and managing all Services Agreements for the supply of Consulting Services on behalf of the Crown, the GCIO is responsible for the day-to-day management of the GCIO Sub-panel. 

The GCIO Sub-panel is mandated for all Public Service and non-Public Service departments as well as ACC, EQC, HNZC, NZTA, NZTE, NZQA, TEC and the 20 DHBs. Other agencies are encouraged and welcome to opt-in at any time.

Although the ultimate goal is to establish a ‘one stop shop’ for all GCIO Assurance Services, the immediate need is for IQA and TQA for ICT-enabled Projects and Programmes. For this reason, the GCIO Sub-panel is being rolled out in phases.  Phase 1 is for ICT-enabled Projects and Programmes covering the following Assurance Services categories:

Project AssuranceProgramme AssuranceTechnical Implementation AssurancePortfolio AssuranceTechnical Design AssuranceService Descriptions diagram (click on the appropriate link)

Click on a segment for a more detailed description of the Assurance Services category.  Other GCIO Assurance Services will be made available in one or more subsequent phases once these services have been defined and demand has been validated. 

For any enquiries about the GCIO Sub-panel, email the GCIO Panel Manager ( 

Page last updated: 08/12/2015