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Commonwealth year 2000 (Y2K) progress report



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SENATOR THE HON RICHARD ALSTON

M inister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Depur,· Leader of the Gorernment in the Semite

COMMONWEALTH YEAR 2000 (Y2K) PROGRESS REPORT

The Minister for Communications. Information Technolog}· and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, today released the second comprehensive progress report on the Year 2000 computer bug (Y2K) readiness of the Commonwealth. The release is m line with similar action bemg taken internationally, specifically m the UK and US, to issue public statements on Government readiness.

Senator Alston said he will host a meetmg on 17 December 1998 with Year 2000 Ministers from the States and Territories, and that he will be recommending that they follow the example set by the Commonwealth by publicly publishing progress.

The attached progress report provides more information than the previous report released in July, and from the next report in February the Government will publicly release information on a portfolio basis. In addition, the Government is finalising the first of a senes of regular bulletins which will provide advice on Commonwealth progress and measures to improve Australia's Year 2000 readiness.

From September 1997, all Commonwealth budget-funded Departments and Agencies have been required to report quarterly to Cabinet on their remediation status and Year 2000 readiness. Since then awareness of the problem within the Government has increased exponentially, with sustained progress over the past fifteen months.

The Commonwealth’s progress is reinforced by a recent Gartner Group report on mtemational Year 2000 readiness, which states that Australia and the United States are leading the world in terms of their progress. The OECD, in its October 1998 report, also found that Australia and the US had the highest degree of readiness.

Information on the state of remediation is provided in relation to the following mission critical Commonwealth systems in the areas of health; national safety; payments; social welfare; employment; revenue collection; national security and defence.

The report finds that, to date, 48% of business critical systems underlying the delivery of health services have been repaired and are being tested or are fully back on line. Figures for other Commonwealth systems are: national safety 69%, payments 64%, social welfare 63%. employment 100%, national security 65%, revenue collection 68%, defence 64%.

The Government estimates it will spend around $600 million on repairing the Year 2000 problem within Commonwealth agencies. Whilst agencies are required to meet the bulk of these remediation costs from within existing budgets, $120 million of additional funds was appropriated in the 1998-99 Federal Budget as a seed fund to encourage and accelerate existing remediation efforts in highly technology-dependent agencies with mission critical systems.

The Commonwealth remains committed to ensuring the compliance of its own systems and to actively encouraging and assisting the private sector to remediate the problem within their systems.

Media Contact: Terry O ’Connor, Minister’s office 02 6277 7480 Website www. richardalston. dcita. gov. au___________________________

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KEY GOVERNMENT SERVICES PROGRESS FOR YEAR 2000 COMPLIANCE

THIS IN FORM ATION IS A HIGH LEVEL CO M PILATION OF INFORM ATION RECEIVED FROM BUDGET FUNDED AGENCIES .AND G OV ERN M EN T BUSINESS EN TITIES SHOW ING THAT KEY G OV ERN M EN T SERVICES HAVE BEEN M AKING STEADY PROGRESS IN .ADDRESSING THE YEAR 2000 PROBLEM . THIS INFORM ATION SHOULD ONLY BE RELIED UPON AS AN OVERVIEW ON CURRENT PROGRESS AND FOR NO O TH ER PURPOSE.

PERCENTAGES OF BUSINESS CRITICAL SYSTEM S IN EACH PHASE AT N O V EM BER 1998

KEY GOVERNM ENT SERVICE BACK ON LINE/

Compliant

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OF THE TOTAL N U M BER OF BU SINESS CRITICAL SYSTEM S

Assessment Under Testing

Repair

Total

HEALTH 32% + ! 9% 43% 16%

NATIONAL SAFETY 46% + 5% 26% 23%

PAYM ENTS 29% + 4% 32% 35%

SOCIAL WELFARE 38% + 12% 25% 25%

EM PLOYM ENT 92% + 0% 0% 8%

REVENUE COLLECTION 30% + 11% 21% 38%

NATIONAL SECU RITY 41% + 12% 23% 24%

DEFENCE 47% + 8% 28% 17%

GOVERNM ENT BUSINESS ENTITIES 40% + 16% 20% 24%

Target Completion Dates July 1999 * S e p t1997 Dec 1998 Junl999

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

* At November 1998, it is expected that of the total number of business critical systems, less than 5% of systems will still be in the assessment phase. Systems in this phase are those returned for reassessment or new systems coming on line. This percentage decreases with each quarterly report.

Guide to definitions of Phases

Back On line/Compliant - The business critical system has passed the "Assessment" Phase, the "Under Repair" Phase and the "Testing"’ Phase. The Commonwealth's business critical systems wall be compliant but it is not possible to predict whether all interoperable or dependent systems operated by other parties will be compliant.

Assessment - This includes establishing an inventory of busmess critical systems, impact assessment, project management and resourcing/costs, risk analysis and required executive support.

Under Repair - Means the checking and fixing or upgrading or replacement of busmess critical systems, date expansion/changes, conversion, bndge/interface processes.

Testing - This may include several levels of testing over v arying periods of time, but as a minimum includes testing for current operations on a continumg basis, emulating the Year 2000 environment (including checking for proper operation), and testing integration with complementary busmess cntical systems.

Definitions of Key Government Services

The following definitions are examples of the functions performed by each of the Key Government Services. They mclude:

Health Public health; mental health; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

National Safety-Emergency management, disaster relief, land, sea and air rescue/safety organisations.

Payments Pensions of all types and welfare payments.

Social Welfare Services to the aged and people with disabilities, Medicare payments, a variety of child care services and advancement programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Employment Employment placement and labour market programs.

Revenue Collection Administering legislation imposing taxation and the collection of child support maintenance payments.

Defence Promoting the security of Australia and the protection of its people and its interests. Functions include civil defence, defence production, and defence purchasing, including offsets for defence purposes.

National Security The collection and assessment of information relevant to the protection against threats to Australia’s national interests. Other activities include the physical and technical security at overseas posts and counter¬≠ terrorist training and equipment.

Government busmess entities Government business entities comprise Commonwealth non-budget dependent agencies. M ajor functions performed by some of these agencies are telecommunications, air services, transport, banking and agricultural services