Govt leaders agree on Y2K reporting

State and federal ministers with responsibility for year 2000 have agreed to recommend to their governments that public reporting of Y2K compliance in government should be at least quarterly, and on an agency-by-agency basis.

The meeting between ministers in Adelaide on Friday resulted in all states and territories agreeing to comply with a minimum reporting format, detailing percentage readiness and contingency planning.

Local government is likely to come under increased pressure to disclose Y2K readiness, after the commonwealth encouraged the states to follow Victoria's lead and release reports on local government authorities' compliance status.

The ministers stated they were satisfied with existing reporting requirements for electricity, water, sewerage and other key infrastructure areas, within specific jurisdictions.

Ministers agreed there was a need for coordinated planning for industry sectors that crossed jurisdictional boundaries, and the Commonwealth State Liaison Group was commissioned to undertake a stocktake of existing compliance information for key industry sectors, identifying areas where more information was required.

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