Archives recognises world-class digital achievers

Media release: Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Australian National University (ANU) and the National Blood Authority (NBA) were the big winners at the National Archives of Australia's Digital Excellence Awards last night. The awards were presented by the NSW Information Commissioner Elizabeth Tydd, who also launched Information Awareness Month at the National Archives in Canberra.

Recognising and promoting excellence and innovation in the management, use and reuse of digital information by Australian Government agencies, the Digital Excellence Awards celebrated innovation, better and more efficient government, user-focused client interfaces, and greater transparency of important government information.

Winning the large agency category, the ANU was recognised as an exemplar, through their seamless integration of digitalised processes and their Electronic Records Management System.

Winning the small agency category, the National Blood Authority impressed the judges with its transformational work on building a patient interface into the Australian Bleeding Disorders Registry.

'This year we received exceptionally high quality entries demonstrating both excellence and innovation,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives, who was one of the judges.

Dan Searle, Chief Strategic Advisor at the Digital Transformation Office and Penny Armytage, National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia joined Mr Fricker on the judging panel.

The winners

The winners are examples for other government agencies to follow, particularly in meeting public needs, improving efficiency and productivity, and working to international standards in digital information management.

The judges described the ANU as an 'exemplar for other agencies in simplifying and succeeding in digitising high volume transactions and seamlessly integrating its core enterprise systems within a dynamic and diverse cultural environment.'

'The Australian National University has demonstrated how you deliver better outcomes for users at a lower cost,' said Dan Searle.

Penny Armytage said of the ANU submission, 'The results of this transformation are impressive, with improved decision making times and finance and HR system interfaces. They built in remote access, all completed to very short timeframes.'

The National Blood Authority entry, MyABDR (a patient interface with a clinical registry), received acclaim as a true example of transformation and digital excellence.

'The National Blood Authority adopted a user centred and agile approach to develop a better service for MyADBR users, which aligns with the Digital Transformation Office's principles,' said Dan Searle.

'I thought the process applied to getting the design right, and the benefits to the patient and others involved is outstanding and hassle free,' said Penny Armytage.

'Both projects were a transformational journey, drawing on high quality data that is collectable and reusable. It's a real good news story,' said David Fricker.

A commendation was also awarded to the company that oversees the National Broadband Network (NBN Co Limited) for their employee-centric approach to their electronic document records management system.

Contact information

  • Holly Pritchard (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3413 m 0417 247 157 e holly.pritchard@naa.gov.au
  • Melanie Harwood (Assistant Director, Communications)
    t (02) 6212 3755 m 0422 535 213 e melanie.harwood@naa.gov.au

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