Australian Defence College pilots Google Apps

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

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  • Henry Budd (Minister Payne’s office) 0429 531 143
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9 November 2015

The Australian Defence College is running a pilot program using Google Apps for Education Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence, announced today.

Minister Payne said Defence was one of the first Australian Government Department to roll out Google Apps.

Two of the Australian Defence College’s flagship centres, the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) and the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC), are moving to a cloud-based platform for unclassified academic studies.

“This is a significant step forward in the Australian Defence College’s commitment to innovative learning and it reflects the Australian Government’s policy of adopting cloud platforms where appropriate,” Minister Payne said.

Google Apps will replace the ADC’s Open Student Network which would have required substantial and costly remediation in future years.

“Defence selected Google Apps following a detailed evaluation of market offerings. This is a proven platform that is already used by sections of the US Military, UK Government and a number of Australian universities,” Minister Payne said.

The pilot program will support the delivery of a more flexible learning environment at ADC. Students will be able to access academic material on any device, anywhere and anytime. Google apps will also increase the ability for students to collaborate on joint tasks.

The pilot program follows consultation with the relevant Government agencies to ensure security and privacy issues will be managed in accordance with policy requirements.

“I congratulate the Australian Defence College and Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group on implementing this program.”

Google Apps is scheduled to be rolled out by November 2015. Defence will evaluate the pilot program to determine its broader adoption and the application of cloud based services across other unclassified environments.

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Henry Budd (Senator Payne’s office)          0429 531 143

Defence Media                                                02 6127 1999

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