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Tasmania lagging behind the nation in digital government readiness

  • Tasmania is the worst performing state for digital readiness
  • Tasmanians will suffer second rate services
  • The results are an embarrassment for the Hodgman Liberal Government

Premier Will Hodgman should be ashamed of the results of a new report which shows his Government is the worst performing in the nation for digital readiness.

The Digital Government Readiness Indicator by Intermedium is a measure of what each government in Australia has done at a whole of government policy, legislative or procedural level to ensure its agencies are supported in their digital transformation activities.

The Indicator states that Tasmania is lagging behind to the point where citizens will suffer second-rate services and their cost of government administration will be significantly higher than better performing jurisdictions.

Shadow Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, Michelle O’Byrne, said the report showed Tasmania had not improved since the first round of readiness assessments were done.

“It’s clear that under Michael Ferguson’s watch, Tasmania is stuck in the dark ages,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“At 5.5 out of 10, Tasmania is sitting on the bottom of the leader board which is a real embarrassment to the Hodgman Liberal Government.

“It is clear that the Liberal Government has done nothing to assist and enable its agencies in the digital space and Tasmanians are the ones who are suffering through inadequate services.”

More information on the 2019 Digital Government Readiness Report can be found on the Intermedium website here.


Michelle O’Byrne MP
Shadow Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy