Capital ideas for records management

Capital ideas for records management

By Stuart Finlayson in Canberra

Sep 13, 2004: 'From concept to reality' is the theme of the 21st RMAA (Records Management Association of Australasia) Convention, which got underway this morning at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.

The event got off to a bright start, with Susie Elelman, whom dear old Bert Newton has described as "the most versatile, informed and professional person in Australian media today", performing the welcome address to the 500 or so delegates from around Australia, New Zealand and beyond. And Bert should know, with Elelman having spent over eight years as a presenter/reporter on Good Morning Australia with him.

The serious business of the day then began with a keynote address from Dr Peter Shergold, who in his capacity as Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, delivered an interesting speech on the big picture in e-government from a federal perspective, which examined how the concept of e-government has developed so rapidly, as well as looking as aspects of sharing information between various government departments and organisations, and the privacy issues surrounding the movement of such information.

Next up was Anthony Willis, Senior Partner at Phillips Fox Lawyers in Canberra, who presented an overview of corporate governance and management of information and records, discussing how the introduction of new regulations relating to corporate governance have impacted the records management community.

Closing the morning session was Gerard Walsh, Competitive Intelligence Security Executive at AMP, who gave an interesting, if somewhat unsettling, talk on who may be stealing your organisation's critical information, how they are doing it and how to develop strategies to prevent it.

The event is on until Wednesday. IDM will be at the Convention for its duration so keep an eye out for more exclusive coverage tomorrow.

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