Transforming the Commonwealth’s Digital Agenda

Release Date: 
14 October 2016
Media release

The Turnbull Government is expanding its digital agenda so that Australians can access improved government services online.

A new Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) will implement wide scale change in digital capability across government departments, benefiting the public and other users of government services.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said Australians want consistently improved digital services, focusing on user satisfaction.

“We are more mobile, more connected and more digitally-reliant than ever before. Government needs to consistently challenge itself, to ensure world-leading practices are being employed to make Australians’ lives simpler.

“As more government services are digitised, integration across agencies is paramount to delivering world’s best practice. Importantly, the new agency will comprise a small high-calibre program management office to manage strategy and manage integration of the digital transformation agenda across all of government.”

The new digital agency will be responsible for the ICT policy and ICT procurement functions, currently managed by the Department of Finance. Changes around creation of the new agency and its remit will be recommended to the Governor General for approval.

The DTA will build on the success of the Digital Transformation Office which has worked closely with its partners to deliver significant improvements in online government services, including improved access to the government’s myGov portal, more transparent digital procurement and streamlined Medicare enrolments for newborns.

Assistant Minister Taylor today announced the appointment of a new interim Chief Executive Officer for the new Digital Transformation Agency, Ms Nerida O’Loughlin and a new Chief Digital Officer role to be filled by Mr Paul Shetler.

The government will also form a Digital Transformation Advisory Board, which will include private and public sector expertise, to provide practical and strategic advice to the Minister’s office. The Board will be chaired by Dr Martin Parkinson, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.