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Artificial Intelligence policy (Position)

Notice

Generative AI presents new and innovative opportunities for government and an increasing number of new AI tools and models are now easily available. However, due to their rapid evolution there is a need and growing demand for guidance to support the consideration and assessment of the risks involved in their use.

In response, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), in collaboration with the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR), has developed advice for government agencies to use as the basis for providing guidance to their staff. This advice is available through the Australian Government Architecture as the Interim guidance for agencies on government use of generative AI platforms.

The DTA and DISR will continue to investigate the need for whole-of-government policies and standards relating to the responsible use of AI in government.

Policy Requirements

  • Ensure application of the technologies meet business outcomes

  • Apply Australia's AI Ethics Principles in the development or management of any AI technologies.

  • Implement appropriate governance and risk frameworks

  • Continually review and update risk assessments as the technologies are further developed and matured through ethical implementation and management:

    • prioritise benefits to individuals, society, and the environment
    • respect and maintain human rights
    • deliver impartial and just treatment or behaviour without favouritism
    • uphold privacy rights and data protection
    • continuously validate those solutions such that they remain fit for purpose
    • ensure that results from AI solutions are explainable, traceable, and transparent in use
    • allow for a human-evaluated right of review of an outcome that has used AI to assist in the process of decision making.
  • Establish monitoring and reporting systems and processes to measure performance and other issues relating to the technologies

  • Engage with agencies with prior experience in adoption of these technologies to leverage existing investment as well as knowledge, patterns, and services.

Capabilities

This policy includes requirements that relate to the following capability.
CAP55

Artificial Intelligence

Standards

The following standards show what to do to satisfy this policy.
Notice Generative AI presents new and innovative opportunities for government and an increasing number of new AI tools and models are now easily available. However, due to their rapid evolution there is a need and growing demand for guidance to support the consideration and assessment of the risks…
The Commonwealth Ombudsman - Automated Decision-making Better Practice Guide provides a practical tool for agencies and includes a checklist designed to assist managers and project officers during the design and implementation of new automated systems in administrative decision-making, and with…

Designs

The following designs can be relevant to meeting the requirements of this policy.
The NSW Artificial Intelligence Assurance Framework assists agencies to design, build and use AI-enabled products and solutions.
In July 2023, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR) released initial interim guidance on government use of publicly available generative artificial intelligence (AI) platforms. Click here to see the current guidance. For previous…
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