Information Awareness Month 2019

On 1 May 2019, representatives from agencies and professional associations gathered to discuss contemporary information and data management trends, challenges and opportunities. The event launched Information Awareness Month 2019 with the theme 'Innovation with Information.'

You can view the booklet summary of discussions and key themes here.

Capabilities, skills and professional knowledge

In today's dynamic digital environment, the diverse capabilities of information management (IM) professionals are vital for 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

As part of DC2020, the National Archives has previously introduced interim pathway targets to increase agencies' support of their information practitioner's development, to effectively deal with today's dynamic digital environment. 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.

We recommend that support should include providing continuing professional development opportunities to gain qualifications, accreditation through professional associations and work in different areas of the organisation. At a minimum, individuals should have the opportunity to join professional associations to gain exposure to the latest in information and data management. All IM staff should consider affiliating with an appropriate professional association, considering what membership or certification is appropriate according to their role and responsibility.

To further advance professionalism we are introducing the following new interim target:

31 December 2019 – CIGOs or senior officers responsible for information governance individually join a professional association to support their continuing professional development.

The interim target is specifically aimed at raising the level of exposure of Chief information governance officers and senior officers responsible for information governance to contemporary information and data management practice, innovations, technologies, courses, articles, papers, blogs etc.

For more information please see Supporting continuing professional development

Identifying information management capability

The Information management and data capabilities guide employees and their organisations through the skills and knowledge needed to create and manage information and data effectively to meet business and accountability requirements.

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