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While the continuing level of e-government implementation offers a number of clear benefits for the government, e-government can also help the business community to conduct their business more effectively.

Specific projects, such as the ACT Business Gateway (http://www.business.act.gov.au), show clearly how e-governments can directly assist businesses. This project could achieve up to $11 million of annual cost savings, realised across the entire ACT business community. It provides the ACT business community with a business portal for online transactions and a single point of entry to business information about the ACT and links to other Commonwealth, state and territory business services. The ACT Business Gateway has stimulated other private sector commerce by allowing online access to business-related information and transactions across the whole of the ACT.

Implementing e-government also offers non-economic benefits to the broader community. Australian government organisations that specialise in providing culturally important information, such as libraries or archives, are increasingly establishing an online presence. In the process, they make available the information they have to the general public in a more simplified fashion.

The National Library of Australia's Picture Australia Web site is an example of a government organisation that specialises in providing culturally important information to the general public. Launched in September 2000, it serves to provide Internet users with access to a great number of culturally significant digitised images through one central Web site. Picture Australia provides free and easy access to images documenting Australia's heritage including art, portraits, photographs, posters and three-dimensional art.

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