Information Management Framework

Information Management Framework

Data and information are critical assets that drive accountability, enable deep insights and inform decisions.

We are living in the age of information and one of the greatest challenges in the digital world is governing, harnessing, managing, protecting, using and reusing the vast amount of information and data we’re generating.

This is why in NSW Government, information management is seen as a key component of the digital transformation of government.

This is because:

  • information is an asset
  • it has value to business and to the community
  • it needs to be governed and managed well
  • its use and reuse must be enabled so that its value can continue to be leveraged
  • privacy and security are critical
  • information evidentiality, longevity and accessibility are necessary for business and community accountability.

The NSW Information Management Framework  (IMF) is a practical tool to help agencies govern, harness, manage, protect, use and reuse information and data in their digital transformation initiatives.

The purpose of the IMF is to:

  • Coordinate management of all forms of government information.
  • Drive information access and sharing across the sector.
  • Increase management of information as an asset.
  • Foster information maturity and capacity.
  • Consolidate and share knowledge.
  • Build community trust in government information management.

The IMF can help professionals from a range of fields communicate, collaborate and define how to manage and leverage data and information in their digital transformation initiatives. This could be in SharePoint rollouts, data analytics projects or commissioning new cloud-based business services.

For example, the principles in the Framework, like ‘trustworthy, used and reused with confidence’ and ‘high quality and spatially enabled’, help project teams to define the key qualities of the information and data in their project.

The requirements section of the Framework then prompts project teams to take account of all relevant legislation and policies applying to their information, lifecycle management requirements and customer and business needs for data and information.

It next frames governance requirements and then drills down into the specific capabilities that enable all the above to be achieved.

For all transformation projects it’s likely that many capabilities including information planning and design, security, data management, and business intelligence and analytics will be required.


Last updated: 26 June 2019