National gongs for digital government open to state, territory, local and federal projects

By The Mandarin

Monday July 29, 2019

It is time to put forward “products, services, partnerships and individuals” that demonstrate excellence in digital government at any level of the federation, for the chance to be recognised at a national awards night run by the Commonwealth.

The Digital Transformation Agency has opened nominations for this year’s Australian Digital Government Awards, which have replaced the federal government’s ICT awards that were last presented by the Department of Finance in 2016. The DTA invites applications from a wider group.

“We are seeking nominations from federal, state, territory and local government, and from industry where appropriate.”

Projects must highlight an outstanding digital service, excellence in partnerships, or an individual contribution to the cause. Under these three broad categories, nine awards will be presented at a gala dinner on October 3, after the DTA’s first Digital Summit:

  • Outstanding digital product or service
  • Outstanding digital platform
  • Outstanding use of emerging technology
  • Outstanding methodology or approach
  • Excellence in government-industry partnership
  • Excellence in multi-agency partnership
  • Digital professional of the year
  • Digital emerging talent of the year
  • Digital diversity champion of the year

Nominations must be in by close of play on August 16 and the finalists will be announced on September 11.

Ahead of the summit, the DTA has been gathering digital-government case studies with a call for pitches in 300 words or less. That window of opportunity closes on Wednesday, July 31.

On the day, the DTA promises best-practice case studies from government, as well the opportunity to meet “digital experts, leaders and practitioners in the field” and improve “digital skills”. It hopes to “inspire people to engage in the digital journey” and “create opportunities for collaboration and new projects” as well.

Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert will give a keynote address.

“Digital leaders and practitioners in federal, state, territory or local government are invited to attend,” says the agency.

“We’re thrilled to also open up this event to our colleagues in industry, recognising that digital transformation works best when we collaborate and learn together.”

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