Agencies' responsibilities in a digital world

Media release: Thursday, 23 May 2013

With 2015 set as the deadline for Commonwealth agencies to make the transition to digital management and storage, the National Archives has organised a conference offering more information on the advantages that result from such actions. High profile speakers will share their thoughts on the many benefits of storing and managing information digitally, such as greater efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.

Featured speakers include Australian Public Service Commissioner, Stephen Sedgwick AO, who will reinforce the need for digital transition as an essential public sector reform and pre-requisite for achieving the outcomes envisaged in Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for reform.

Director-General of the National Archives, David Fricker, will highlight the importance of ensuring the reliability of evidence in a hyper-connected world. He will also remind agencies that,  in its role leading the Australian Government's Digital Transition Policy to 2015 and beyond, the National Archives is there to offer guidance.

Deputy National Security adviser from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Allan McKinnon, will discuss information management and cyber security, as well as the benefits of digital business practices which enable full participation in the digital economy.

Business Development Manager, Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics at CSIRO, Ronald Jones, will speak on the impacts and benefits of emerging technologies for information management in a government business context, as well as innovative partnerships between CSIRO and government agencies to improve services, with a focus on the use of social media.

Digital Mandate – A National Advantage is a one-day conference at the National Convention Centre Canberra on Thursday 30 May. The National Archives website has further information

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0417 247 157 e
  • Shaun Rohrlach (Director, Communications and Programs)
    t (02) 6212 3990 m 0434 664 621 e
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