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Australian Government Launches Tool to Benchmark Agencies’ Digital Maturity
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Australia
Created: Jul 01, 2014

The National Archives of Australia (NAA) has just launched an online questionnaire, Check-up Digital, to help agencies assess annually how well they are managing their digital information and records.

“Helping agencies rate their digital information into the future, Check-up Digital prioritises how they can make improvements and tracks their progress over time,” a statement said.

The tool will also help IT leaders gain support for digitisation from their executives, the NAA claims: “Understanding your agency’s maturity in the digital space will help you gain cross-agency support for digital information management – especially from your agency’s senior executives and business areas.”

The Government’s Digital Transition Policy mandates all agencies to move to digital recordkeeping, and has already shown results. “By the end of 2014, 72% of agencies will have digital information and records management in place, and this is expected to increase to 95% by 2015,” said David Fricker, Director General of NAA.

Digitisation allows the agencies to manage their records and information more efficiently, Fricker added: The “benefits [of digital record management] include reductions in business risk and paper storage costs improved business efficiency, and the ability to develop and implement good policy”.

Check-up Digital opens for submissions from 1 July. Agencies have to make submissions by 30 September each year. 

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