Back on the 15th of September the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) provided greater insight into the federal government’s direction on the adoption of Gov 2.0. Through their blog they posted information about their plans and work in progressing the recommendations that have come out of the Government 2.0 Taskforce – it is great to see some progress in the creation of a Government 2.0 Steering Group. There is much more work to be done before Gov 2.0 becomes a reality (i.e. is actually being delivered to the public, however we are progressing in the right direction.
For a not-so-light (but important) read I would recommend reading through the Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 report from the Government 2.0 Taskforce. Their central recommendation needs to be understood – it has major ramifications in all levels of government:
“Central recommendation: A declaration of open government by the
Since I’m looking at the (positive) impacts this may have for our state – I can imagine that COAG will push down the recommendations (especially the one above) to the state jurisdictions. So what does that mean to us here in the west? I would see the exact recommendation being declared at a state level – therefore a considerable amount of work needs to be done in setting up the framework for managing this from both a policy and a technical perspective. Some of this comes in the form of recommendations 42 and 43 from the Economic Audit Committee’s findings that I mentioned in passing previously. These recommendations are:
42. Establish a Chief Information Officer role to:
a) identify opportunities for harnessing information and
communication technology (ICT), including social media, to
promote collaboration and more citizen focused service design and
b) sponsor innovative and collaborative ICT initiatives through the
provision of seed capital.
43. Establish a Chief Technology Officer role to:
a) promote strategic and coordinated investment in ICT across the
public sector; and
b) implement procurement processes that enforce common
standards, interoperability and system consolidation.
Nothing like leaving the best until last – however for these roles to implemented / created within government considerable work needs to be done to make sure that their roles, responsibilities, authority etc. are well defined and more importantly – accepted within government and by industry. I am aware that work has commenced in this space and I will update you all on the progress when there is information that can be released publicly.
So both nationally and locally small steps on a long journey are being made – for some of us the pace needs to speed up – however sometimes it is very hard to quicken the machinery of government… that said I’m still encouraged that things are and will be changing for the better.
I’ll keep you posted as to where things are heading from here very soon…