September 6, 2004

Centrelink puts open source commitment in writing

Centrelink is authoring a formal open-source policy document and investing heavily in open-source systems to anchor an improved identity management regime thatâs hoped to help recover up to AU$50 million in losses to fraud annually, infrastructure planner David Oram told attendees at the AUUG 2004 conference in Melbourne.

The draft document, whose development has been put on hold during the six-week election period, follows on from recommendations from the CIO Council that government organisations increasingly look to open-source solutions to improve the reusability and flexibility of their information solutions. Formalising a policy favouring open source within Centrelink will make the organisation a crucial ally in the open source communityâs efforts to raise their profile within government organisations.

Link: ZDNet.com Australia

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