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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 400. Updated Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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Archives launches new training program

The National Archives of Australia has launched a new training program for information managers dealing with change in the digital economy.

DIGITAL, a one-day intensive course, covers the seven keys to effective digital information management.

A spokesman for the National Archives said the course recognised that skilled information and records managers were the new agents of change in the digital economy.

The course focuses on information managers' role as decision-makers who must influence Agencies and improve their ability to manage digital information.

Director-General of the National Archives, David Fricker said such leadership was essential in the new world of rapid digital information exchange.

Digital information management

"All Agencies need to recognise that skilled information managers are vital if they are to meet Government expectations for increased efficiency, accountability, digital transition and digital continuity," Mr Fricker said.

He said it was now widely understood that managing digital information more effectively will ultimately improve business outcomes.

"As an international leader in this field, we recognise that it is our responsibility to help agencies enhance the skills of these key professionals," Mr Fricker said.

The course will provide a strategic overview of digital information management and enable information managers to fast-track their ability to manage and communicate change.

It links to other National Archives' intensive, practical training on digital information management and offers participants the opportunity to share experiences and find better solutions for Government.

The launch of DIGITAL builds on the National Archives' significant work leading digital transition across the Commonwealth Government and implementing the Digital Transition Policy.

The policy requires Government Agencies to move from a paper-based office to fully digital information management.

It has resulted in a great deal of cultural change within Agencies and new recognition of the value of Government information as an important business asset.

The March, April and May DIGITAL courses in Canberra are already booked out.

The National Archives has scheduled extra monthly DIGITAL courses this year to meet the demand.

The courses are also open to people and organisations outside the Commonwealth Government.

Further information is available at this PS News link.

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