The Australian Public Service (APS) switched to digital-by-default records management, but the project isn’t over quite yet. There is still a lot of ground to cover in digital maturity, including in some major departments. This interesting information came to us from The Mandarin in their article, “APS progress towards digital records deadline shows room for improvement.”

To date, at least three quarters of federal agencies have digital-by-default information management practices. The National Archives of Australia (NAA) delivered its first public report under the policy and it revealed the number of agencies reporting that they “manage most records digitally” rose 44% between 2010 and 2015, and stood at 74% midway through last year. For those agencies that do not, funding constraints is cited as the main factor in stopping the progress.

The best achievements in terms of progress towards the APS digital records management deadline were “senior support of digital information management and digital system implementation”.

Melody K. Smith

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