Media release: Tuesday, 2 May 2017
The National Archives of Australia used the launch of Information Awareness Month in Canberra last night to highlight the need for executive level buy-in for information governance and professionalism.
'Information and data professionals across the country are enabling Australia's digital agenda,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives of Australia. 'If we truly value information and data as assets, we need to value the professionals who manage them.'
This year's theme is The Information Professional: Towards 2020 and the National Archives has set a target under its Digital Continuity 2020 Policy that all agencies establish a chief information governance officer role. 'The chief information governance officer role is critical for digital innovation and capability, and for championing the importance of effective information management,' Mr Fricker added.
The Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim PSM, launched Information Awareness Month and presented the National Archives' 2017 Digital Excellence Awards.
'This year we received exceptionally high quality entries demonstrating both excellence and innovation within Government agencies,' said Mr Fricker. He was joined on the judging panel by Nerida O'Loughlin, Interim CEO at the Digital Transformation Agency and Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics.
Winning the large agency category, the Department of Industry Innovation and Science was recognised for its user-centric approach to digital documents management. Geoscience Australia won the medium agency category award, impressing the judges with its National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System that enables easy access to information for physical and electronic assets and interoperability between stakeholders.
'These projects show how using digital technologies and new ways of working can really transform government services. They provide great examples from which we can all learn', said guest judge Nerida O'Loughlin.
The National Archives included an Individual Information Professional award for the first time, in keeping with the theme. This was awarded to Rebecca Lee from the Department of Industry Innovation and Science, who championed information management reform across the agency.
Commendations were awarded to Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Kate McCowage from AUSTRAC was also commended as individual information professional.