Capabilities, skills and professional knowledge

In today's dynamic digital environment, the diverse capabilities of information management professionals are vital to the effective management of information and data in all systems where they are created, transmitted, managed and accessed. As the Australian Government progresses towards digital continuity, information professionals should continue to update their capabilities, skills and knowledge through formal or informal professional development.

Digital Continuity 2020 Policy professionalism targets

Professionalism targets under the Policy reinforce the need for qualified and skilled information professionals as they establish a more accountable and business-focused information management environment.

In line with this, an interim target has been released to increase agencies’ support of their information practitioners continuing professional development:

31 December 2018 – Agencies to establish and implement a program of continuing professional development of information management staff to achieve professional recognition.

The aim of this new target is to:

  • provide rewarding career pathways
  • create a community of practice where ongoing professional development is valued, and
  • attract and retain qualified information professionals.

For more information please see Supporting continuing professional development

Identifying information management capability

The Digital information and records management capability matrix identifies skills and knowledge that government employees need to create and manage information. Information management specialists can use the matrix to identify opportunities to upskill and better meet the challenges of managing information in their current position, gain promotions or transition to other information related fields such as ICT and Data management.

Copyright National Archives of Australia 2017