Each of the 3 principles in the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy (DC2020) has implementation targets and pathways for agencies. These set due dates for the key actions needed.
Principle 1: Information is valued
Governance and people
31 December 2020 – agencies manage their information assets for as long as they are required. Agencies meet targets for professionally qualified or accredited information managers.
30 September 2020 – annual agency survey reporting.
31 December 2019 – CIGOs or senior officers responsible for information governance individually join a professional association to support their continuing professional development.
30 September 2019 – annual agency survey reporting.
31 December 2018 – agencies to establish and implement a program of continuing professional development of information management staff to achieve professional recognition.
30 September 2018 – annual agency survey reporting.
31 December 2017 – agencies have a chief information governance officer.
31 August 2017 – annual agency survey reporting.
31 December 2016 – agencies have an information governance framework.
30 September 2016 – annual agency survey reporting.
30 June 2016 – agencies have established an information governance committee.
31 December 2015 – agency senior management drives change to digital information and records management. Survey reports to the Archives are authorised by agency heads.
Principle 2: Information is managed digitally
Digital assets and processes
31 December 2020 – agency interactions, decisions and authorisations are recorded digitally. Exemptions are based on legislative or agency specific requirements and are endorsed by the Information Governance Committee. Information in analogue format is migrated to digital format, where there is value for business.
31 December 2019 – agencies implement strategies for the management of all information assets.
30 June 2019 – agencies identify remaining analogue approval processes and assess against the Archives' Digital Authorisations Framework to implement completely digital authorisations and workflow processes.
31 December 2018 – agencies identify all information assets, evaluate risk and management requirements, and identify strategies.
31 December 2017 – agencies transform most paper-based business processes to digital, and routinely make and record decisions using digital authorisations and workflows.
31 December 2016 – agencies identify high-value and long-term information assets, evaluate risk and management requirements, and implement strategies.
1 January 2016 – all records created in digital format after this date are managed digitally.
31 December 2015 – agencies have reduced reliance on paper and duplication of information in digital and physical formats. Agencies have identified paper-based business processes.
Principle 3: Information, systems and processes are interoperable
Metadata and standards
31 December 2020 – information is managed based on format and metadata standards for information governance and interoperability. All business systems meet functional requirements for information management. Cross-agency and whole of government processes incorporate information governance requirements and specifications.
31 December 2018 – all business systems are evaluated against the Archives' business systems assessment framework to meet functional requirements for information management. Functional requirements are implemented where necessary.
31 December 2017 – all business systems containing high-value and long-term information assets meet minimum metadata standards.
31 December 2016 – all business systems procured after this date will meet minimum metadata standards, and will be evaluated against the Archives' business systems assessment framework to meet functional requirements for information management.