Australian Capital Territory
Articles and resources about egovernment activities in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
E-Security Interview with Peter Major, INTACT ACT
This exclusive interview with Peter Major, Senior Manager ICT Security, INTACT ACT explores the common threats to the online security of government, the role and scope of INTACT, and how government, industry and the government can work together to develop future responses to e-Security.
This category last updated: 4 February 2013
Opening up government for citizen engagement
- By Sumedha Jalote. FutureGov, 9 January 2013. "Mick Chisnall, Executive Director of the Government Information Office, Australian Capital Territory, explains the government's moves towards an integrated service agenda through recent ICT initiatives.
Over the past year, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has begun efforts to restructure the ACT Public Services (ACTPS) into a single ‘one-government’ organisation. The government has also launched several initiatives in open government and shared services. Mick Chisnall’s talks to FutureGov about the reorganisation and the new services being launched..."
ACT Government Social Media Policy
- ACT Government, Version 1.0, First release, March 2012. "The ACT Government Social Media Policy has been developed to provide advice and assistance to ACT Government employees on the appropriate use of social media within the work environment. It applies to all employees who use social media for official purposes.
The policy is in two parts. Part One contains key principles for the acceptable use of social media in the ACT Public Service. Part Two provides information on the practical application of social media in the workplace, and includes a number of fact sheets on how to use a variety of social media 'tools', including Facebook and Twitter..."
ACT implements free data initiative
- Posted by Arek. All Things Spatial, Monday, September 3, 2012. "Following federal government and larger States, ACT government is the latest convert to the cause of liberating vast holdings of spatial and non-spatial data in hope of invigorating local business to develop innovative solution and use the data for better decision making. And in the process, to stimulate economic activity and increase the number and quality of services offered to the local community. Built on Socrata platform dataACT is an open data service initiative that will enable individuals, businesses and people in the public sector to access, explore and build upon existing government data sets..."
ACT pilots e-health records portal
- By John Hilvert. IT News, September 12, 2012. "Patients to register separately for PCEHR. The ACT Government is trialling a new health information portal designed to deliver personal health information to consumers securely. Health minister Katy Gallagher launched the 'My eHealth' portal this week with a pilot group of consumers from the Health Care Consumers Association and 40 chronic care patients..."
Australia's first 3rd Generation open data site - from the ACT
- eGov AU - Craig Thomler's professional blog - eGovernment and Gov 2.0 thoughts and speculations from an Australian perspective, Thursday, August 30, 2012. "The ACT government today announced the soft-launch of their new open data site, dataACT, through their equally new Government Information Office blog. In my view this is now the best government open data site in Australia..."
Announcing dataACT and Mobile Canberra initiatives
- ACT Government Information Office Blog, 28 August 2012. "Welcome to the new ACT GIO blog. I have launched this blog to coincide with and announce a couple of exciting new initiatives for the ACT Government, dataACT and Mobile Canberra. The purpose of this blog on an ongoing basis will be to report on progress and activities around open data and information management in the ACT Government. I look forward to your comments and contributions. Mick Chisnall, Executive Director – ACT Government Government Information Office..."
ACT Government Data Portal
- Utilizes the Socrata platform. The platform has three core components which we believe make it one of the leading open data initiatives in Australia:
- Data is available in a machine readable and consistent range of data formats or APIs, enabling users to easily explore, download, reuse and create new applications with public sector data.
- The platform includes some basic data visualisation tools to make graphs or maps that can be embedded on external websites. This enables the creation of customised views of datasets for particular community needs or specific initiatives.
- Data is uploaded from across the ACT Public Service through data integration systems that will update individual datasets appropriately.
Tasmanian Government taps MyNetFone for VoIP services
- By Stuart Corner. IT Wire, 23 July 2012. "The Tasmanian Government has selected VoIP service provider MyNetFone to supply VoIP telephony services for three years, with the possibility of extensions up to ten years. The deal is expected to be worth up to $20m over the full 10 year term..."
Electronic voting and counting
- Elections ACT, 5 July 2012. "The ACT's electronic voting system is the first of its kind to be used for parliamentary elections in Australia. The electronic voting system was used at the 2008 election in 5 locations in Canberra’s main town centres. The electronic voting system will be used again at the 2012 election in selected locations.
The ACT's electronic voting system was first used at the October 2001 election and was again used at the October 2004 election.
The system uses standard personal computers as voting terminals, with voters using a barcode to authenticate their votes. Voting terminals are linked to a server in each polling location using a secure local area network. No votes are taken or transmitted over a public network like the Internet..."
E-health system yet to come online
- by Clarissa Thorpe. ABC Canberra, Updated July 17, 2012. "Two weeks after the introduction of the national e-health system, patients in Canberra still cannot obtain a working electronic health record.
The Federal Government announced July 1 as the start date for new online medical records system, which aims to improve the availability of information for doctors and patients..."
ACT Government planning to release a data portal and real-time bus information in reusable formats
- eGov AU - Craig Thomler's professional blog - eGovernment and Gov 2.0 thoughts and speculations from an Australian perspective, Friday, June 29, 2012. "Brought to my attention by @maxious, the ACT government has said in response to their Estimates process that they are building a data portal which they aim to have ready in July 2012..."
ACT to save $9m from ICT slow-downs
- By John Hilvert. IT News, June 7, 2012. "Budget reduces equipment upgrades.
The Australian Capital Territory has cut $180.5 million from its four-year Budget, including some $9 million in ICT renewal costs and planned upgrades.
This week's Budget introduced the 'Extending the Operating Life of ICT Equipment' initiative, expected to save $4.8 million between 2013 and 2016.
The ACT Government said the initiative would reduce operating costs and the "environmental impact of ICT equipment", particularly desktops, laptops and monitors..."
NICTA, courts winners in ACT Budget
- By Michael Lee, ZDNet Australia, June 6th, 2012. "The ACT Government will provide National ICT Australia (NICTA) with a $10 million grant, and will spend an additional $22.5 million on IT projects aimed at improving the territory — the majority of which will go into implementing a new case management system for its courts..."
@ACTIONbuses continue Twitter service updates
- ACT Government - Katy Gallagher, Media Release, 21 May 2012. "ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, said today that ACTION will extend its successful trial of tweeting service updates during the weekday morning peak period.
"The ACTION Twitter trial has received significant positive feedback from bus users who appreciated being able to access information updating them about their morning services," the Chief Minister said.
"@ACTIONbuses has added over 300 new followers over the last four weeks of the trial and now have over 1100 followers..."
ACT Govt offers phone lock-down to schools
- By Darren Pauli. IT News, May 21, 2012. "Personal data erased.
The ACT Government has offered schools the ability to lock down teacher and student smartphones and tablets while operating over the local network.
The no-holds-barred approach to personal devices would see security bypass methods such as jailbreaks, rooting and other disallowed security features banned while using local wi-fi and LAN networks.
Students and teachers who voluntarily sign up to use their devices on the network and then attempt a jailbreak would find their devices erased by a 'silver bullet' fired from the government's central IT office..."