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Dominic Perrottet MP
Minister for Finance and Services

Open Government Forum Launches

Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet, today launched a new forum for public sector professionals to share ideas and best practice about putting open government policy into action.

“Through the NSW Government’s ICT Strategy we are committed to making it easier to access, interact and do business with government agencies,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Open government is about transparency, accountability and working closely with the community and industry. I see the open government initiative as a game changer in the way that public sector agencies and employees engage with their customers.

“The Open Government Community of Practice will bring professionals together from across the sector to discuss customer engagement, best practice use of social media and open data initiatives.

“The NSW Government has made it clear that openness and customer focus should be at the heart of everything we do.

“In the two years since the ICT Strategy was launched in May 2012, we’ve seen around 290 datasets become publicly available on the Data.NSW website. Government departments have also used information from other agencies to improve the services and functions they provide.

“For example, Land and Property Information’s NSW Globe project uses information sourced from emergency services, transport and the Electoral Commission to provide a comprehensive land, titling and spatial data tool.

“Open data is just one dimension of open government. Agencies like Education and Communities, Police and Justice and the Rural Fire Service are already harnessing social media for better service delivery.”

Minister Perrottet said that open government initiatives provide opportunities to co-design with industry and the community, helping drive the digital economy.

“We can learn from these experiences to drive further change across government, including how to better source information from the community on policy design in priority areas,” he said.

The Community of Practice will meet three times a year. Over 150 government and industry participants attended today’s launch at Parliament House.

For more information on the NSW Government’s open government policies and initiatives visit www.finance.nsw.gov.au/ict.