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Media Release

The Hon Lindsay Tanner MP Minister for Finance and Deregulation

Senator Joe Ludwig

Special Minister of State Cabinet Secretary

16/2010 3 May 2010

Rudd Government releases Gov 2.0 Response

The Rudd Government has taken a major step towards more participatory and open Government with the release of its response to the Government 2.0 Taskforce report today.

Lindsay Tanner, Minister for Finance and Deregulation and Senator Joe Ludwig, Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State commissioned the Taskforce last year to investigate how the Australian Government could utilise Web 2.0 technologies to deliver better services to, and facilitate greater engagement with, citizens into the future.

Lindsay Tanner said: “Web 2.0 technologies provide significant scope for the Government to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery, public administration and community engagement.

“The Government’s response to the report prepared by the Taskforce shows we are supportive of the overwhelming majority of their recommendations and committed to progressing this agenda across government.”

The report recommended that the Australian Government make a declaration of open government. Senator Ludwig said the Government had accepted that recommendation and expects to make such a declaration in the near future.

“The Government has progressed a number of issues recommended by the Government 2.0 Taskforce. For instance, the FOI reforms will require more government information to be released and published under the new Information Publication Scheme.”

“Along with these FOI reforms, today’s announcement represents a significant cultural change for the Australian Public Service, as does broader use of Web 2.0 tools such as social media applications,” Senator Ludwig said.

Twelve of the report’s 13 recommendations were generally agreed to. One recommendation regarding tax deductibility for information philanthropy has been deferred for consideration until it can be considered in the context of the review of Australia’s Future Tax System and the research report on the Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector.

Lindsay Tanner said: “The task now is to implement these changes, beginning with assisting agencies to make the most of the opportunities offered by Web 2.0.

“One of the first examples of this is a new blog which will be managed by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) within the Department of Finance and Deregulation to provide a forum for discussion on issues surrounding government use of ICT, and essentially to continue the conversation that was started by the Gov 2.0 Taskforce.

“There is no doubt that the Australian Government will increasingly be looking for ICT solutions to 21st century challenges and there is also no doubt that not all of those solutions are going to come from inside government. That is what Gov 2.0 is all about, sharing information and engaging with citizens to determine better ways of doing things.”

The Government’s response to the Taskforce’s report is available at

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Minister Tanner's Office - Tim Naughtin, 0438 265 065 Senator Ludwig’s office - Anika Wells- 0434 568 993