Managing data & information

Here you'll find guidance, tools and case studies to embed best practice information management processes in your work.

Information Management Framework

The Information Management Framework (IMF) outlines a shared direction for information management in the NSW public sector.

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 consists of a set of policies, guidelines and standards including:

  1. Information Management: a common approach 

This policy outlines seven principles that agencies are encouraged to implement as business-as-usual data and information practices. 

  1. Information Management Responsibilities and Accountabilities

This policy outlines the roles of responsibilities of government teams to manage information and data appropriately.  

Data Quality Reporting Tool

When sharing or opening data, it’s important to provide clear information about the data’s quality and history.

The Data Quality Reporting Tool helps:

Managing Legacy Information

Many agencies have legacy data and information that is stored in superseded formats and systems. Advice is available to help agencies manage or transition legacy data and information to minimise business risks. Download the NSW Transition Guidelines: Managing legacy data and information here. The State Archives and Records Authority provides a range of comprehensive advice on information management on its website.

Digital Information Security Policy 2015

The Digital Information Security Policy establishes the digital information security requirements for the NSW public sector.

These requirements include:

  • an Information Security Management System (ISMS) that takes into account a minimum set of controls
  • attestation
  • participation in the Digital Information Security Community of Practice
  • certification (if applicable), and
  • maturity progress reporting.

NSW Data and Information Custodianship Policy

The NSW Data and Information Custodianship Policy defines a set of principles for the management and maintenance of the State's core data and information assets.

NSW Government Information Classification, Handling and Labeling Guidelines

The NSW Government Information Classification, Handling and Labeling Guidelines help agencies identify the confidentiality requirements of their information assets and apply suitable protective markings.

Attestation process under the Digital Information Security Policy

This short guide provides practical advice on the annual reporting requirements under the Digital Information Security Policy.

NSW Disaster Recovery Guidelines

The NSW Government Disaster Recovery Guidelines assist agencies to implement the NSW Government Digital Information Security Policy by developing their own disaster recovery plan and the capabilities to restore and recover their critical digital information systems if they are disrupted.

Case Studies

Our blog has case studies and examples of information and data use across the NSW public sector. The Future Proof blog has a range of case studies about information management and data. Data projects across NSW Government are reported twice a year and showcased on the digital.nsw wesbite.