The Government has largely agreed with the findings of a report, Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0.
Under the proposed changes, public servants will be encouraged to get online and talk to Australians through a variety of social media.
Several Government departments currently ban the use of social media by employees at work, but some will have to open access. The new system’s goal is to embed Web 2.0 technology, such as Facebook and Twitter, into everyday business practices.
According to the Government’s response, the Department of Finance and Deregulation will take charge of the policy’s implementation that includes a steering committee comprised of representatives from nine separate Government departments. This will convene to provide guidance and work with the department.
“The steering group will oversee material agencies’ project activities, and during the first 12 months, Finance will provide public interim reports on a Government 2.0 blog to engage the Australian community,” the Government’s response said.
“It is incumbent on the senior Australian Public Service (APS) leadership to ensure employees are genuinely encouraged and empowered to engage online within their agency-specific context.”
Any IT costs required will be absorbed by the affected agency with no increase in budget to compensate. Government 2.0 awards will also be provided to recognise public servants and agencies for using new tools.
But public servants won’t be let off the leash entirely. The Department of Finance is set to work with the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) to create a ‘how to’ guide on Web 2.0 tools and create risk profiles.