The federal government has released an updated digital government strategy as part of its goal to make Australia one of the top three digital governments in the world by 2025.
It has been working on the refresh for more than a year, and the culmination of consultation is an updated 28-page digital government strategy. Under the strategy, the government has set out three priorities for its services in trying to achieve that goal. These priorities are making all government services digitally available, easily accessible, and people and business-centric.
The updated priorities do not steer far from those in the government’s previous digital strategy, which had set out priorities of making government easier to deal through the adoption of myGovID and informing citizens about government’s use of data.
On a practical level, delivering the new strategy will entail uplifting digital ecosystems, reusing certain technologies to deliver value for money, and expanding the government’s digital workforce, said Stuart Robert, the minister responsible for whole-of-government data and digital policy.
The strategy refresh comes days after a Senate committee blasted the federal government for its lack of progress in auditing its IT capabilities. The Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration on Monday said progress on an “urgent