Responsibility for Government’s key data platforms has been moved under the one roof at the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).
The DTA will take on management of the data.gov.au and NationalMap platforms which now host more than 28,000 and 10,000 datasets respectively, and will move from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, said Government was streamlining its approach to delivering high-value platforms.
“The DTA works on many whole-of-government solutions and it makes sense to roll over these data platforms which interact closely with work the DTA already does,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.
The 2017-18 Budget committed $15.2 million to continue development of the Government’s Govpass platform.
“Govpass is now in private Beta phase, and we’ll be sharing publicly in coming months the benefits of this exciting technology,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.
“Through Govpass, Australians will be able to easily and safely prove who they are when using government services online. A simple task like applying for a tax file number will be reduced from about 30 days to a matter of minutes.”
The Budget also committed $33.6 million to develop four additional platforms that can be shared across government, including a ‘Tell us Once’ option, to allow Australians to update their details just once and share this information with agencies and service providers of their choice.