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3.3 - Improve the discoverability and accessibility of government data: Corporate and administrative reporting

Overall status:

This commitment is to undertake work to make reporting of government corporate and administrative information more discoverable and accessible through digitisation.

Corporate and administrative reporting information is currently located on individual agency websites or in hard copy, making it difficult to compare and contrast documents. The Department of Finance is working to make reporting information more discoverable and accessible through the digitalisation of this information.

Current status

The Department of Finance is developing a pilot of a digital corporate and administrative reporting platform that will demonstrate the benefits of digitalisation of this information. For presentation purposes, the pilot is currently focused on presenting digitalised annual reporting information from a small number of Commonwealth entities. However, if adopted, it is intended that all Commonwealth entities and Commonwealth companies will be covered under the new arrangements.

A proof of concept annual report pilot has been developed and Finance has now demonstrated the concept with key stakeholders, including the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA). The JCPAA was very responsive to the further development of the project.

Focus has now turned to making improvements to the proof of concept pilot as well as planning for future implementation. A change management and coordination project plan is being developed, which will guide future activity, including the nature of future public consultation and engagement.

The Department of Finance has internally funded the development of the Pilot. To date $276,000 have been provided for the development of the technical solution, in addition to the use of existing departmental resources. Further funding will be required for the project’s future development.

Other stakeholders

Government: GovCMS and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Implementation Period Status

Finance to launch the pilot of the digital corporate and administrative reporting platform.

Late 2016-Late 2017 On-track

Status updates for commitments are provided approximately every two months. With each update, agencies are encouraged to provide further and better particulars of the commitment and its steps to implementation, which may result in changes to timelines outlined in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18.

Last updated: 01/12/2017

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