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The NSW Government launched its ICT Strategy 2012 on 4 May 2012. A key priority of the NSW Government ICT Strategy 2012 is a commitment to Open Government. This memorandum advises Ministers of the Government’s commitment to a new era of open government.
The NSW Government is committed to the open government principles of transparency, participation, collaboration and innovation.
The NSW Government will be:
To do this, the NSW Government will enhance:
Government faces many challenges and it makes sense to collaborate with our community, industry and research partners to deliver better quality and more convenient services for our customers. We can work well together if we share information and make it easier for NSW citizens to have their say as policies are developed.
An open approach also benefits the public service. Agencies need to know what is happening across government so that ideas can be shared and duplication reduced.
The NSW Government ICT Strategy 2012 outlines actions to get started on an open, online approach to quality services through better investment in information and communications technology.
Ministers and Directors-General have specific responsibilities for supporting Open Government in New South Wales. Ministers should ensure that all agencies within their administration are aware of the contents of this Memorandum.
Under the NSW Government ICT Strategy 2012, each Director-General is required to report to the ICT Board by December 2012 with a plan to:
The three key Open Government initiatives outlined in the Strategy are:
Progress on delivering open, online government will be reported publicly with stories of best practice that showcase the NSW Government’s commitment to transparency, participation, collaboration and innovation.
State Owned Corporations are encouraged to adopt the open government principles of transparency, participation, collaboration and innovation.
Guidance on development of Open Government Plans is available at the ICT Strategy website.
Barry O’Farrell MP