Working smarter means working together

Media release: Thursday, 1 May 2014

The National Archives of Australia has used the launch of Information Awareness Month in Canberra on 1 May to stress the need for all sectors to work together in the world of digital information management.

'This year's theme Collaboration and Innovation is particularly relevant in today's tight fiscal environment, with its increasing demands for business efficiency,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives.

'At the same time, we have community expectations of open government and immediate online access to information and business transactions. We need to understand that working smarter means the various sectors have to work together.'

Mr Fricker said that with the transition to digital information management, the National Archives works in close partnership with other Commonwealth agencies, testing ideas and seeking feedback through an Agency Consultative Forum.

'The National Archives is also helping to make connections between vendors and agency people in an unpressured environment through our Industry Innovation Showcases,' he said.

Guest speaker at the launch was public sector strategist and futurist Michelle Butterfield from Governance Partners Australia.

The month's conference Information: the Currency of the Digital Economy on 29 May at the Department of Education and Department of Employment DEEWR Theatre will feature a keynote speech by Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Communications.

Contact information

  • Vivienne Zelig (Government Communications Manager)
    t 02 6212 6269 e vivienne.zelig@naa.gov.au
  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0427 853 664 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au
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