Held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and presented by ACT Senator Kate Lundy, CFA was awarded the ‘Excellence in eGovernment’ award in the Government 2.0 category and CFA’s Digital Media Manager, Martin Anderson, was awarded the '2012 Government 2.0 Innovator’ award.
CFA’s work has been a collaborative effort with other Victorian emergency services to make significant advances in sharing advice during major incidents.
As a result of work in this area, all CFA social media channels have been integrated into the ‘One Source, One Message’ system which means warnings are posted automatically 24/7 to official social media channels as soon as they are issued.
As CFA’s Digital Media Manager, Martin Anderson has played a critical role in applying Government 2.0 principles within Victoria’s emergency services.
He has championed the adoption of a more open and transparent approach to emergency communications and gained support to achieve this. His Government 2.0 Innovator award recognises his outstanding practice in the use and impact of Government 2.0 tools.
Speaking with itnews.com.au at last night's awards dinner, Martin said the integration of social media with the official emergency warning system was a significant step.
“What we’ve done is ensure that warnings automatically go out on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so as soon as a warning is issued, the people who follow us on social media get that warning."
"We’ve also established two new social media roles in the State Control Centre in Victoria - one for publishing social media and one for looking at intelligence gathering and how we can gain information from the community via social media."
Watch the full interview by itnews.com.au below.
More information on the Australian Government ICT Awards can be found here.