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Media Release


Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate


Year 2000 (Y2K) Agency-Based Public Disclosure

The Minister for Communications, Information Tech nology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston today released detailed information on the Y2K status of individual Commonwealth agencies.

Senator Alston also issued a Ministerial statement on the readiness of the Communications sector, while the Treasurer and the Minister for Transport and Regional Services released sector statements.

'The Government is sending a strong signal to the other governments and industry to follow the Commonwealth's lead and make public statements on key sectors of the economy,' Senator Alston said.

'The disclosure legislation, passed by Parliament in February, has removed many of the barriers to public statements on Y2K preparedness, and these reports demonstrate the solid progress being made in Australia on the Year 2000 problem.

'The Government's resolve to fix its own business critical systems is very strong. This is reflected in the first agency-based report, which provides an even higher level of disclosure than the whole-of-Government quarterly report released a month ago.

'This approach is in line with the Government's commitment to ensure Australians are fully informed about the Year 2000 issue,' Senator Alston said.

The agency-based report reflects the position at 5 February 1999, of 18 Commonwealth portfolios - with a further breakdown of information on the 108 Commonwealth agencies within those portfolios.

The report also notes where progress had changed significantly since 5 February, particularly where agencies have installed compliant systems.

Progress on a whole-of-government basis will be updated in the next quarterly report, due in June, which will include a breakdown of agency-based information.

The June report is expected to show the Commonwealth's remediation work as substantially complete.

'While this is encouraging, we cannot become complacent. The Commonwealth's focus will move increasingly towards contingency planning such as allowing for manual information processing or shifting due dates, to minimise the possibility of any unforeseen disruptions,' Senator Alston said.

The full agency-based report is available online at (look under 'Year 2000' in Easyfind) or from 02 6271 1252.

Media contact: 

David Quilty, Minister's office 03 9650 0233  



15 April 1999




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