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Government online: a key information economy driver.



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SENATOR THE HON IAN CAMPBELL Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Media Release

Government Online: A Key Information Economy Driver Government online service delivery will lay a solid base on which to build Australia's position in the information age, Senator Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, said during his keynote address at the Government Online 2000 Conference dinner at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.

'Government online services, and community and business interaction are key drivers in growing a robust information economy,' Senator Campbell said.

Senator Campbell stressed the recently released Government Online strategy will provide opportunities for Australia's IT&T industry to create new services for individuals and businesses.

The information economy is expected to add 2.7 percent to the national output and enhance consumption by about $10 billion over the next decade.

'We expect the IT industry and Government will work closely together, particularly as agencies develop their actions plans as required under the strategy,' Senator Campbell said.

'A recent Australian National Audit Office report indicated the majority of Government agencies are well positioned to meet the Prime Minister's Investing for Growth deadline for having all appropriate government services available online by 2001.'

The Government Online strategy's key objective is for Government to become

more accessible, flexible and responsive to everyone, and it sets out a clear path for this to be done. It provides the basis for:

improving public access to a wide range of government services, especially by people who live in regional, rural and remote areas or older Australians and people with disabilities;

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providing access 24 hours a day, seven days a week; ● reducing the cost of delivery of some government services; ● improving the quality of certain government services; ● increasing efficiency-saving tax payers' funds; ●

reducing bureaucratic and jurisdictional demarcation to provide unified services based on customer requirements; and ●

encouraging growth of e-business, both business to business and business to government, and associated opportunities. ●

Copies of Government Online are available at www.govonline.gov.au.

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

19 April 2000

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