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Joint Media Release

Senator the Hon Richard Alston

Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate


Senator the Hon Ian Campbell

Parliamentary Secretary to

the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate




The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, today announced that all Commonwealth budget funded agencies and government business entities have finished their Y2K work and signed off their business critical systems as 100% compliant.

This is a great result that has involved work on more than 3500 systems over the last 2 ½ years -- probably the biggest single change management project in the Government's history. The work has delivered other substantial benefits to the public sector computing infrastructure through the upgrading of IT systems, which should position it well for the delivery of online services.

Recent statements by Senator Alston, the Treasurer and the Minister for Transport and Regional Services have indicated that preparations in the communications, banking and finance and aviation sectors are all but complete and attention is turning to preparations for monitoring Australia's progress through the date rollover. Copies of these statements and other Y2K information are available at

Based on this information, which confirms independent assessments, Australia is amongst the best Y2K prepared nations globally. The Federal Government is confident that it will be business as usual during the period and there is no need for Australians to prepare for the Year 2000 transition any differently from the preparations they normally make at this time of year.

The Government's community information booklet "You and the millennium bug" is available from public libraries, Centrelink offices, major banks, or by ringing 1800 11 2000 (1800 656 393 in Victoria).

For information during the rollover period, the Commonwealth's National Coordination Centre in Canberra will be providing regular information to the media and placing details online at during the critical date change period.

Media Contacts: Terry O'Connor, Senator Alston's office 02 6277 7480 

Georgia-Kate Schubert, Senator Campbell's office 02 6277 3955  



15 December 1999



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