Overview of Papua New Guinea's Digital Government Act 2022

By Aminah Salmang


The Digital Government Act 2022 was certified on 19 July 2022. The purpose of the Act is to provide for digital government using information and communication technologies.


The Act applies to all public bodies, however, it excludes state-owned enterprises. The Department of Information and Communications Technology is responsible for administering this Act.


The rules of electronic evidence provided under the Evidence Act Chapter 48 applies to all electronic data under this Act. In relation to legal proceedings, data stored in the Central Electronic Data Repository is not admissible as evidence of any fact, unless by an order of the National and Supreme Court. Top-secret data is not admissible evidence of any fact.


Public bodies are required to designate a digital transformation officer for purposes of the Act. Some of the functions of the digital transformation officer include managing the electronic data in the public body and providing quarterly ICT reports and feedback to the ICT department or as requested by the Secretary.


The Act also provides for the establishment of a National Cyber Security Centre and a Government Private Network. The Government Private Network will consist of the central electronic data repository and any physical, virtual or cloud networks connectivity operated by the ICT Department and other various types of shared services.


The Act also establishes an Electronic Data Bank which will be a building that will hold the central electronic data repository, national cyber security center, the government private cloud infrastructure and any other data server of a public body as well as associated core infrastructure for the central electronic data repository and the national cyber security center.







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