New Digital Agency establishes agenda

Release Date: 
28 October 2016
Media release

A new Digital Transformation Agency has been formally established to guide, oversee and drive the Government’s ambitious digital and ICT agendas. This follows approval this week by the Governor General of the Agency’s establishment and remit.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said the new Agency would integrate digital delivery across government and provide greater transparency of the investment in and benefits realised from the Commonwealth’s ICT and digital projects.

In an expanded role, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) will perform the following functions:

  • provide strategic and policy leadership on whole-of-government and shared information and communications technology and digital service delivery, including ICT procurement policy;
  • design, develop, coordinate, deliver and monitor policies, standards, services and delivery platforms for whole-of-government shared ICT and digital service delivery;
  • co-ordinate the funding of whole-of-government and shared ICT and digital service delivery platforms;
  • manage a whole-of-government ICT program management office which will oversee all significant ICT and digital investments; and
  • provide advice to the Minister on whole-of-government and shared ICT digital service delivery proposals.

Interim Chief Executive Officer of the DTA, Nerida O’Loughlin, said she was excited by the opportunities for the new Agency.

"The shape of the agency will continue to change over coming weeks as we finalise the scope of the DTA’s expanded functions. I would like to congratulate the DTO (Digital Transformation Office) on its significant achievements over the past year and I Iook forward to working with the team to implement the Government’s exciting digital transformation agenda."

Ms O’Loughlin was formerly Deputy Secretary in the Department of Communications and the Arts. She has a strong background in technology policy, regulation and programs across the Commonwealth and State Government sectors. She commenced in the position of interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Agency on 24 October.