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New Measures Boost Government Online

Senator the Hon Richard Alston Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Senator the Hon Ian Campbell Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the

Arts

To ensure the momentum of Government Online continues, and that maximum benefit is reaped from IT innovations, new measures under the Government Online Strategy were announced today by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Ian Campbell.

In addition to the existing activities and projects under the Government Online Strategy, over the next 12 months the Government will:

· establish a customer-focused portals framework;

· address security and privacy concerns to build confidence in the use of online services; and

· accelerate the uptake of e-commerce in the Government's dealings with suppliers.

'Australia has been an early leader in Internet connectivity and government online applications-these new measures are an indication of the Government's continued commitment to the online environment,' Senator Alston said.

'The whole-of-government portals framework will provide a customer-focused, coordinated approach to the Commonwealth Government's online presence.'

The framework will bring together information and services from across government to a set of portals based on user-relevant themes or user groups

rather than bureaucratic demarcation.

'This is a major step forward-presenting a customer friendly "front-end" to government services and activities,' Senator Campbell said.

'As more Australians do business with Government online, we must also ensure proper security measures are adopted-these new measures refine and extend security and privacy guidelines. The Government will also provide secure inter-agency communications through a virtual private network-FedLink.'

In addition, the Government is moving to accelerate progress towards its electronic payment target-suppliers must provide bank account details for all new purchases of goods and services by government agencies. Unless exceptional circumstances exist where businesses have limited access to banking facilities in remote areas, Commonwealth Government agencies will not transact business with suppliers who do not provide bank account information for electronic payment.

Further information about the new measures is available online at www.govonline.gov.au.

Media contact: Sasha Grebe, Senator Alston's office 02 6277 7480 Website: www.richardalston.dcita.gov.au

Georgia-Kate Schubert, Senator Campbell's office 02 6277 3955 Website: www.dcita.gov.au/campbell

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