The government’s chief information officer, Ann Steward, has expanded on the digital vision for 2020 announced by Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, yesterday, when he launched the National Digital Economy Strategy at CeBIT 2011.
Simply put, Conroy said the government aimed to be one of the world’s leading digital economies by 2020.
Steward told CeBIT that to stimulate productivity in the public sector, the Australian government aims to deliver better services, engage openly and improve government operations through a variety of initiatives that encourage innovation, effective collaboration and build capabilities.
To reach that goal, she said the delivery and engagement of online government services will continue to be improved.
One step the government had already taken is to establish its own dedicated Cloud Information Community (CLIC).
In order to be “spatially enabled” in the long run, new opportunities offered by location based services will be explored by the government.
Through a local information governance framework, the government also hopes to encourage the coordination, use and reuse of data and information.
One example highlighted by Steward was the locations of Centrelink and Medicare access points being available on the australia.gov.au website in a context sensitive manner.
With already 13 different systems running across 404 agencies at a cost of more than $10 million each year, the Parlimentary workflow solution will continue to improve service and support to ministers, as well as facilitate collaboration and the reuse of information for further efficiency.