Cybersecurity lies at the heart of Australia’s updated Digital Government Strategy

Standards, policies, and new Cyber Hubs lead the rush to be fully digital by 2025

Australian Parliament House, Capital Hill, Canberra, Australia
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The Australian government has defined a standardised secure Microsoft 365 desktop and a common framework for trusted digital identity as it lays down whole-of-government security standards as part of a major update of the Digital Government Strategy (DGS).

Building on the government’s steadily increasing focus on critical infrastructure protection, the newly updated DGS commits the country to becoming one of the world’s top three digital governments by 2025, and a “world-leading digital economy and society by 2030”.

The strategy includes myriad initiatives designed to kick-start agencies’ digital transformations, providing top-down guidance intended to bring consistency and best-known methods to the many dozens of agencies that have struggled to keep up with transformation leaders like Services Australia, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and Home Affairs.

Reflecting the government’s renewed focus on secure digital services, peak body the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has been relocated into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet—contributing to what Stuart Robert, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills and Family Business, called a “laser-like focus” to ensure that all government departments and agencies are “pulling in the same direction”.

Among the newly announced initiatives are the creation of a Whole of Government Digital and ICT Oversight Framework, through which the DTA will provide strategic planning, prioritisation, contestability and delivery assurance for all digital and ICT investments across the government.

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