Last week Special Minister of State, Gary Nairn released the Federal Government’s first whole of government architecture. Even in this initial version, the architecture is essential background reading for suppliers intending to bid for Government ICT business.
The Australian Government Architecture (AGA) was first mooted in the 2006 e-Government Strategy where it recognised of the need for a common model to guide agencies in “cross-agency collaboration and delivery of whole-of-government services”.
The AGA is based on a US Government’s Federated Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF). It is clearly the first release of a document that will need to significantly develop and expand over time. For example, in its first iteration, there are still references to United States examples, and some sections of the Architecture still have placeholders for further details to come later.
Even with some initial shortcomings, the first version provides a common language and structure for government products and services. It has good definitions of commonly used terms, and for the first time outlines the necessary linkages all the way from services to citizens and business processes, through to data modelling and back office services.
The next release is expected to flesh out business reference models.