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Check-up PLUS 2018

Check-up PLUS is National Archives' new online survey tool available for submission from July 2018.

Designed to collect data on Australian Government agencies’ information management capabilities and behaviours, Check-up PLUS will allow agencies to:

  • track their progress against a variety of best practice information management behaviours
  • develop plans and undertake projects that progress their information management maturity
  • advise Archives of their RNA holdings and transfer plans, and
  • manage their contact details online.

The Archives will analyse data collected via the online tool to gauge digital information management performance and behaviour of Australian Government agencies. The findings will inform the annual report to the Minister as required under the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy, and the Archives will make this report available to agencies.

The survey will also gather data on the volume of information and the cost of its management to whole of Australian Government, providing the opportunity to understand holistically the dynamics of modern information management.

Reducing Red tape

From 1 July 2018 Check-up PLUS will replace both Check-up Digital and the triennial Survey of Information and Records Management Practices. This will reduce red tape and resources required in agencies and the Archives.

Agencies will complete the full survey every second year commencing from 2018. A subset of core questions will be completed in alternate years. Each year we will use the same tool, which will automatically update to present the right version to agencies for submission.

Digital Continuity 2020 Statement

In 2017 annual reporting requirements under the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy consisted of a short online survey, the 'Digital Continuity 2020 Statement'. The mandatory survey comprised a number of brief statements designed to gauge agencies' progress against the principles outlined in the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy, and replacing agencies' requirements to report against Check-up Digital.

Snapshot reports for individual agencies were provided to agency heads in December 2017. The reports highlighted where agencies had progressed, and areas for future focus. The Archives provided suggested 'next steps' to support agencies as they work towards the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy targets.

The whole of Government snapshot provides an overview of progress against the key policy actions.

Data from the 2017 snapshot will be included in the report to the Prime Minister for publication later in the year.

Decommissioning Check-up Digital

With the implementation of the new agency survey tool, Check-up Digital will be decommissioned. Check-up Digital focused on business benefits, gauging digital maturity and supporting the Australian Government's priorities of 'digital by default', digital transformation and improved efficiency.

Work has begun to prepare for decommissioning by restricting access to the tool and preparing the data for archiving.

Australian Government agencies can obtain an export of their information from previous Check-up Digital submissions by making a request through the Agency Service Centre. Existing coordinators can login to Check-up Digital to access their assessment data until 30 September 2018.

Check-up Digital 2016 (PDF, 420KB) – assessment content from Check-up Digital, available under a Creative Commons BY 4.0 (CC–BY-NC 4.0) licence.

More information

If you have questions about the new survey or accessing your existing Check-up Digital data, contact the Agency Service Centre.

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