The federal government has outlined the security and privacy policies required in order for government agencies to start using cloud services.
Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy Kate Lundy said that cloud technology is an important advancement in communications technology as it is a flexible, scalable and inexpensive way of storing and sharing information.
Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said that the policy will help government organisation make decisions about whether to offshore or outsource processes, as well as provide guidelines on security procedures related to what is stored online.
According to Dreyfus, under the new policy, approval will be required by both the relevant minister and the Attorney General before personal information can be stored in the cloud.
The Australian government CIO, Glenn Archer, recently said that he is cautious about the move of government agencies to the cloud, as there are still some challenges with the technology that could be improved.
Further analysis will be conducted by the government on the potential benefits or detriments of cloud services before the final policy is released later this year.