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Public Notices site moving to tas.gov.au portal

From the week starting 7 September, Tasmanian Government public notices will be able to be published online via the tas.gov.au portal, rather than the standalone publicinfo.tas.gov.au website.

The first Public Info website was developed more than a decade ago, back when government was still experimenting with the idea of putting info online as well as, or instead of, publishing it in traditional media like newspapers.

Agencies were able to upload their own public notices to the website and this process also saw notices passed on to the advertising company for publication in newspapers if required.

Several years ago, the security of the site was compromised and an interim solution was put in place that no longer allowed agencies to upload their own notices; instead, DPAC’s multimedia staff were manually uploading all notices. Agencies also had to separately send notices to the advertising company.

Keen to get back to a system where agencies could manage their own notices but not wanting to build another standalone site, the Communications and Protocol Unit (CPU) within DPAC decided to investigate opportunities for public notices to be part of an existing whole-of-government website.

CPU sought the advice of DPAC’s own Service Tasmania Unit and the Service Tasmania Online (STO) team, which supports both the Service Tasmania website and tas.gov.au portal.

The STO team seized the challenge and have built a new section on the tas.gov.au portal for public notices.

The new Public Notices section allows agencies to post public notices directly to the public, at a time and in a format of their choice. We will switch to using this system for public notices from mid-September.

Agency users are presented with a simple visual editor, allowing them to manage new and existing notices and easily upload attachments. Members of the public are presented with a clear, simple site that allows them to search or browse all notices or to sort by Department.

Check out the instructions page to learn how to post and update your agency’s notices.

Thank you to the STO team for their work on this project – a great example of cross-agency collaboration!