Building interoperability

The Digital Continuity 2020 Policy calls for information, systems and processes to be interoperable by 31 December 2020.

The potential of your agency's information and data to be shared and re-used depends on its quality, discoverability, and overarching management.

To achieve this potential, your agency needs to build interoperability across a range of themes – business, security, legal, semantic and technical.

Building interoperability means you can exchange information and data between different systems. It is dependent on clear, shared expectations for the context and meaning of data across systems.

Data governance and management is an essential component of information governance, particularly in data-centric agencies and is the foundation for building interoperability. It supports standardisation and management to facilitate discoverability and sharing.

To start learning about interoperability, read about:

Why interoperability?

Interoperability supports the use and reuse of government information and data as key assets and can:

  • provide consistent, coordinated and more timely services
  • improve accessibility
  • lessen the impact of structural changes in government
  • reduce the risks of technical obsolescence
  • inform policy development and decision-making
  • reduce the cost of information and data management through reuse and shared infrastructure.

Implementation advice

The following implementation advice helps build your agency's capability to meet Digital Continuity 2020 Policy interoperability expectations:

Principle 3 – Information is interoperable

Implementation advice

Agencies will have interoperable information, systems and processes that meet standards for short and long-term management, improve information quality and enable information to be found, managed, shared and re-used easily and efficiently.

Interoperability key themes help you understand how interoperability is not just a technical fix, as it also relies on working with your information and data to align your business, security, legal and semantic needs.

Interoperability development phases will help you plan and implement solutions to address interoperability hurdles that are visualised in the interoperability scenarios.

Your results from using the Business System Assessment Framework (BSAF) can be used to identify:

  • the need to integrate business systems or to migrate/export data to address risks or gaps
  • system functionality to meet your information and data needs over time
  • what information and data is held in your systems and its value.

Minimum metadata supports a standards based approach to sharing information and data.

Other interoperability initiatives

Other interoperability initiatives are being led by a range of Australian Government agencies and include the:

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