The Department of Finance and Deregulation has announced that it has created a Government 2.0 Steering Group to provide “leadership and oversight” in implementing Labor's Gov 2.0 agenda.
The Steering Group is in line with the Gov 2.0 Taskforce recommendation to create a mechanism to advocate the Gov 2.0 agenda across the Australian Public Service and report to the Government on its progress, according to Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) Agency Services First Assistant Secretary, John Sheridan.
“The report of the Government 2.0 Taskforce said that leadership was one of the pillars of Government 2.0. Leadership, the Taskforce said, is crucial in bringing about the cultural change required to make government more open and transparent,” Sheridan wrote in an AGIMO blog posting.
Sheridan wrote that the group included senior public servants representing a wide range of agencies including the Department of Finance and Deregulation, The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
The group has met three times since 1 July and has listed the he establishment of Government 2.0 awards for public servants and agencies as a priority.
The group has also examined the “lessons learned” from the use of social media within the Department of Finance and Deregulation via the AGIMO Blog during the recent caretaker period of government.
The group also noted the impending launch of a Gov 2.0 “Privacy and Confidentiality” project and that government agencies were now hosting 16 government sites on the Govspace online communications platform.
Currently Treasury, Finance, and Innovation, Industry, Science and Research were in production stages with the use of Govspace while Centrelink and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet were in pilot stages.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism were in testing stages.
Further comment on the implementation of the Gov 2.0 Taskforce’s recommendations is being sought from the Department of Finance.