May 26, 2022

Digital Records: Report on Australian Government Progress Towards Digital Information Management Published

From the National Archives of Australia:

Three-quarters of government agencies now manage their records digitally according to a new report by the National Archives of Australia.

The report on progress of the Australian Government’s Digital Continuity 2020 Policy is now available on the National Archives’ website.

The report to Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis – on the integral role of information governance and digital information management in the Government’s digital transformation agenda – draws on surveys undertaken by the National Archives in 2015 and 2016. It identifies achievements in information management capability and performance, as well as areas for improvement.

‘Although agencies have made progress in digital information management, there is still more that needs to be done’, Archives Director-General David Fricker said.

‘The continuing potential for loss of valuable government information is one of our greatest concerns. We are working together with agencies to improve that and assist with their progress towards digital information continuity by 2020′.

The Archives’ Digital Continuity 2020 policy aims at integrating robust information management into business processes to ensure the best government programs and services. It enables information to be reused for economic and social benefits, while protecting the rights and entitlements of Australians.

‘From 2010 to 2015, the number of agencies working digitally has increased by 44 per cent, with almost three-quarters of agencies reporting they now manage most records digitally’, Mr Fricker said.

The new report outlines how the Archives is leading agencies to implement the policy, with a drive to improve information management across government.

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