Policy in effect from 23 October 2023
Operational guides are currently being developed to help agencies undertake policy requirements.
SDA Reuse Policy
The State Digital Assets (SDA) Reuse Policy defines the role of State Digital Assets in NSW Government, reuse principles and governance, requirements for agencies, and support available. Request a copy of the policy in full at the bottom of this page.
State Digital Assets (SDAs) are digital solutions used by more than one NSW Government agency and encompass applications, technology infrastructure and data. They are the building blocks of efficient, proactive, customised, and seamless government services. For a complete definition and the benefits of using SDAs, head to the Program overview page.
Endorsement of State Digital Assets
An SDA is assessed as being ready for all of government reuse through a consultative process involving the NSW Government portfolio of agencies. This process results in the endorsement of SDAs as either Core or Common.
- Core SDAs are digital solutions that must be used by agencies. Over time, the Core SDA becomes the single digital solution used by agencies
- Common SDAs are digital solutions that should be used by agencies. Over time, the number of solutions in NSW Government will reduce to an agreed set of options.
You can find a list of SDAs available for reuse on the What’s available page, including those you should or must use.
Who the policy is for
The State Digital Assets Reuse Policy applies to all NSW Government agencies and will be useful for both users and owners of SDAs. The policy does not apply to State Owned Corporations.
Users of SDAs
People making decisions about and delivering digital solutions in NSW Government agencies.
NSW Government staff working on digital solutions should determine if current SDAs provide the capabilities needed before procuring or building something new. The policy describes when agencies should or must use an SDA and how to request an exemption if required. An SDA’s Owner can help decide if the SDA is fit for purpose and if all or just a component of the solution is appropriate for adoption. They can also provide onboarding and timeline information.
Owners of SDAs
People delivering SDAs reusable across NSW Government agencies.
Once an SDA is endorsed, SDA owners are required to report on its management. SDA owners must attest that the SDA operates in a way that enables its continued reuse and meets customers' evolving needs across NSW Government. The policy describes the support and benefits available to an owner of an SDA. Benefits include the commitment of agencies across government to the adoption of their asset, as established through the endorsement process. Additionally, SDA owners can expect access to consumption and funding models and SDA standards and guidelines, as they develop.
Guiding reuse principles
The SDA Reuse Policy principles set expectations for all NSW Government agencies using or delivering SDAs. We intend the principles to drive reuse behaviour, guide decision-making, and ensure efficient and effective SDAs.
Reuse whenever possible
Proposed investments must plan for and make use of any opportunities to reuse digital assets within your agency and across government.
Design and build for reuse
If a proposed investment cannot reuse an existing digital asset, you must ensure that any asset you build or procure considers reuse by other agencies and the broader needs of government.
Run for reuse
Reusable assets must be managed and operated in a way that enables their continued reuse. SDAs must meet the evolving needs of customers across government, whilst continuously improving and innovating.
Request the policy
NSW Government staff can request a copy of the policy through the form below:
Get in touch
If you have any questions about the State Digital Assets Reuse Policy, please contact the SDA Program team.