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Tanner to Address eGovernment Forum

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Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner will deliver an address at an eGovernment Forum on 21 May, during CeBIT Australia 2008. Under the title Next Generation eGovernment: Shaping the future of Australia!, the eGovernment conference is one of six conferences that are part of CeBIT Australia to be held at Darling Harbour, 20-22 May.

Scheduled just a week after the Federal Budget, the Minister's speech may provide some interesting insight into new Government programs that involve eGovernment. Ann Steward (CIO Australian Government) is also speaking at the Forum, and will no doubt provide more detail on the Government's eGovernment agenda.

The e-Government Forum is a partnership event between CeBIT Australia and the Australian Government Information Management Office – AGIMO. According to the organisers, this partnership ensures a top level event.

Other speakers include Kim Denham, CEO of the Australian Computer Society, and Greg Black, CEO of limited. The forum touches many different areas like health, transport, defence and security and involves many different parties all aiming at the same goal: better services leading to increased productivity and efficiency.

With the active participation of Federal and State Ministers, and top-level public sector managers – including Government and departmental CIOs – the e-Government Forum offers both rare insight into public sector technology requirements and unique access to senior bureaucrats. Attendants can acquire a complete overview of the key trends and issues at this single event.

Bringing services online was the first step in revolutionising the way in which government offered their products and services to the general public and the business community. The next steps are bigger and more complex – looking at creating and combining different data sources and functionalities, streamlining information and communication processes and making it easy and widely accessible, but at the same time protecting and securing it from abuse.

According the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO), a top EU tech industry think tank, Australia remains one of the top ranked countries for development of eServices for the government sector. Furthermore the Australian public sector is the nation’s biggest user of IT, making it the largest buyer of IT solutions and services. Therefore the e-Government Forum is an ideal event for all those who are interested in innovative IT solutions that help further modernise and streamline public sector administration.

More information about the e-Government Forum is available at

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