Digital Government Bill 2021

The Proposed Digital Government Bill 2021 proposes to anchor ‘whole-of-government’ ICT functions and powers within the Department of Information and Communications Technology to facilitate digital transformation within the public sector. The proposed Bill provide an avenue for all ICT managers of public bodies’ collective voices to be heard in contributing to the development of this country digitally.

This legislative effort flows from the successful delivery of the PNG Digital Transformation Policy 2020 by the Marape Government. Key provisions of the proposed Bill include:

  • Establishment of a governance structure for whole-of-government approach for digital transformation within public service;
  • Establishment of an electronic data management framework which brings into enforcement data integration standards, open data and data classification for public bodies;
  • The defining and establishment of government digital infrastructure that includes a Government Private Network and Government Cloud;
  • The defining of ‘digital government services’ including the establishment of a central e-Government Portal for access of all Government-to-Citizen services; and
  • The establishment of National Secured Information Exchange Platform for secure data sharing amongst public bodies.In addition, the Bill also proposes the following:
    • to make illegal the use of email domain other than ‘.gov.pg’ like Gmail and Ymail for official government correspondence;
    • that all government websites and government social media pages disseminating official government information, comply with government standards to maintain integrity of government information; and
    • provides for both civil and criminal penalties to enable compliance to ensure delivery of digital services.

The proposed Digital Government Bill 2021 has gone through selective consultation and is now made available for public consultation. The latest version can be downloaded here. 

Comments for 1st Draft was due on 28th February 2021. The 2nd Draft has been made available since 2nd March 2021. Comments to 2nd Draft was due on 31st March 2021. All comments and queries are to be written in electronic format and sent to ian.kwaimani@ict.gov.pg . 

Download Government Digital Transformation Bill  January 2021 First Draft

Download Digital Government Bill  March 2021 Second Draft

Download Digital Government Bill  March 27th 2021 Final Draft

Download Digital Government Bill September 6th 2021 (Office of State Solicitor Approved Version)

Mr. Ian Kwaimani is the Legal Consultant, He is the focal point for the development of the Digital Government legislation and can be contacted at ian.kwaimani@ict.gov.pg

Mr. Ian Kwaimani holds double degrees. The Bachelor of Law and the Bachelor in Business Management at the University of Papua New Guinea. He also attained certificate in Financial Marketing Analysis and Macroeconomic Accounts and Policy Analysis with the International Monetary Fund (IFM).
Mr. Ian Kwaimani worked with Government Sales Account Manager with Telekom PNG Ltd for 7 years and later was admitted to the National and Supreme Court Bar of Papua New Guinea to practise as Lawyer. Mr. Kwaimani is currently working with the Department of Information and Communications Technology as the lead Legal Consultant on the proposed Digital Government Bill 2021.