Government Moves to Actively Consider the Greater Use of Open Source Software
Today I released the revised Australian Government policy on open source software. The revised policy aims to strengthen the consideration of open source software by agencies when they go through ICT software procurements.
The Government’s previous policy, established in 2005, was one of ‘informed neutrality.’ This meant that agencies took an unbiased position that did not favour open source or proprietary software and procured the solution that was the best ’value for money’ and ‘fit for purpose’ for their specific requirement. Since then, there has been an increase in the maturity of the open source software products and the use of open source software by governments around the world. In recent years, many governments have revised their policies to increase the adoption of open source software.
This revised Australian Government policy on open source software will ensure that we maintain international best practice and that our purchases of software will continue to reflect best value for money for the Government.
The revised policy will commence on 1 March 2011 for all ICT software procurements. The revised policy is available on the Department of Finance and Deregulation website in PDF (134 KB) and RTF (103 KB) formats. This revised policy will also be included in the revised Guide to Open Source Software for Australian Government Agencies, which is due for release in March 2011.
I encourage you to read the revised policy.