Online Government Council - press release
Tue, 11 Mar 1997 00:59:41 +0000
Spotted this on the DoCA Web Site after being prompted by someone in
Selective quotes follow - but be sure to read the original if you
This is the Ministers - not the Information Policy Advisory Council
headed by Terry Cutler (http://www.dca.gov.au/mediarel/ipac.html)
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Online Government Council
COMMUNIQUE First meeting 7 March 1997
Senior Ministers from State, Territory and local governments at
the inaugural meeting of the Online Government Council in
Canberra today agreed to a national approach to online
communications and electronic service delivery.
Senator the Hon Richard Alston Commonwealth Minister for Communications
and the Arts
The Hon Carl Scully MLA Minister for Public Works and Services, NSW
The Hon Alan Stockdale MLA Treasurer and Minister for Multimedia, VIC
Mr Mark Stoneman MLA Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, QLD
The Hon H J Cowan MLA Deputy Premier, WA
The Hon Ronald Cornish MHA Minister for Public Sector Administration, TAS
South Australia was represented by Mr Robert Lawson QC MLC, on behalf of the
Hon Dean Brown MHA, Minister for Information and Contract Services.
Councillor John Ross, Vice President of the Australian Local Government
Association (ALGA) represented the President of the ALGA.
The Australian Capital Territory was represented by Ms Moiya Ford, Senior
Director, Strategy and Information, ACT Government.
Ministers decided the Council would meet regularly to provide:
leadership to all areas of government, the private sector
and the broader community, in promoting and encouraging
cooperative approaches to electronic communications, as well
as a customer-focused approach to electronic service
delivery; and a forum for Commonwealth, State and Territory
Ministers and local government to agree on national
strategic approaches to government use of information and
Ministers discussed a range of issues at the inaugural meeting,
electronic service delivery;
cooperation in telecommunications and electronic service delivery;
* user authentication;
implications of year 2000 date change;
* online content regulation;
* the Commonwealth Government's $250 million Regional Telecommunications
(* = text below)
Due to the rapid pace of technological development, and the
escalating use of electronic commerce and electronic service
delivery, Ministers agreed that governments must quickly develop
the necessary operating and legislative frameworks to engender
confidence and encourage the use of these technologies.
Ministers gave in principle endorsement to digital
signatures-using certified public key cryptography-to verify
parties involved in government transactions which require
User authentication is certifying the identity of an individual
or organisation-necessary for secure electronic commerce and
electronic service delivery by government, the private sector and
(This means Public Key Authentication Framework - see my website for
details - Robin.)
Online content regulation
Ministers discussed a proposed self regulatory framework for the
online services industry, based on industry-developed codes of
practice and supervised by the Australian Broadcasting Authority
The proposed regulatory framework is intended to balance the need
to ensure that community standards will be maintained-and that
children are protected from unsuitable material-with the need to
support the emerging online industry.
Censorship Ministers will continue to be consulted about State
and Territory laws in relation to online content origination and
Regional Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund
The Commonwealth Government has established the Regional
Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) to ensure that
rural and regional Australians have the opportunity to share the
benefits of new communications services.
Ministers agreed that Commonwealth, State and Territory and local
government officials should work closely together to ensure the
fund is effectively implemented and complements existing
initiatives and strategies. Funding of community-focused projects
will be over five years with the first projects to be announced
in the second half of 1997.
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