Final govt Y2K report due this week

The federal government will this week release its final report into the Y2K readiness of government departments, agencies and business entities.

The report, covering the period from November until early December will be presented to Cabinet early this week for review, according to a spokesperson for Senator Ian Campbell, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

Details contained in the report, which is produced by the Office of Government Online (OGO) will not be released until after the Cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, during a Senate estimates committee hearing held in early December, Susan Page, chief general manager of OGO's Y2K office said she estimates Commonwealth agencies to be about 99.9999 per cent compliant.

At the hearing, Page said: "There was one budget funded agency and one GBE (government business entity) remaining to sign off. All other [Y2K] work is complete."

Page was unable to give any indication if those bodies had completed their remediation.

The government has released quarterly Y2K reports throughout the year and from September began releasing monthly updates.

This week's report, if passed, will be the final one.

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