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Digital Continuity 2020 Policy released

New digital requirements for the public sector

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The National Archives of Australia has released its Digital Continuity 2020 policy, outlining a whole-of-government approach to digital information governance.

The policy requires Australian Government agencies to treat information as a key strategic asset, and to keep information in an accessible digital form for as long as it is required.

“The Digital Continuity 2020 Policy plays a key role in supporting the Australian Government’s digital transformation initiatives and driving e-Government” states the policy. “Agencies that understand and fully realise the benefits of their assets – information, technology, people and processes – will deliver better and more efficient services to Australians”.

The policy has three key principles:

  • Information is valued
  • Information is managed digitally
  • Information, systems and processes are interoperable

The policy applies to all Australian Government agencies and relates to government information, data and records, including systems, services and processes as well as information created by other parties on behalf of agencies.

‘The standards within our new policy will become whole-of-government requirements and we’re providing agencies with this opportunity to enhance their skills in digital continuity leading up to 2020″, said National Archives Director-General David Fricker.

Agencies are required to establish information governance committees by 30 June 2016, assess systems against ISO standard 16175 and implement minimum metadata standards under the policy.

Launched in October 2015, implementation of Digital Continuity 2020 has already commenced and will be phased in over the next five years.

Access the Digital Continuity 2020 policy.