Policy as approved 2011
The Australian Government Digital Transition Policy was developed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and approved in July 2011. The National Archives of Australia is lead agency for implementation of the Policy.
The Government Digital Transition Policy applies to all Commonwealth agencies, regardless of their legislative status. This includes portfolio departments, statutory and non-statutory agencies, prescribed agencies and other Commonwealth entities including Commonwealth authorities, Commonwealth companies, and Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act) bodies. These are referred to in the Policy as 'Australian Government agencies'.
Digital information and records management means that the majority of agency records will be created, stored and managed digitally and, where possible, incoming paper records will be scanned so that new paper files are not created.
For many agencies the Policy means moving from paper-based records management to digital information and records management.
The purpose of the Digital Transition Policy is to move Australian Government agencies to digital information and records management for efficiency purposes.