Council of digital transformation ministers publishes manifesto

By The Mandarin

Monday August 26, 2019

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Almost a year after the addition of the Australian Digital Council to the constellation of bodies that make up the Council of Australian Governments its terms of reference have been released.

The Digital Council first met last September and discussed opportunities for data-sharing between Australia’s nine governments to enable longitudinal research and coordination of digital identity projects.

The new terms of reference explain the body’s responsibilities.

“The Council will focus on improving outcomes for customers by driving cross-government collaboration on data and digital transformation to drive smarter service delivery and improved policy outcomes.

“The Council is responsible for overseeing the development of Australia’s digital capability. This can be achieved by identifying best practice across jurisdictions and pursuing areas for collaboration to achieve its purpose.

“The Council will work to investigate and understand barriers to digital integration as well as data sharing within and across State and Territory Governments and the Commonwealth Government.”

The council’s remit includes exploring and promoting projects that could help “improve the use of public sector data” and lead to better digital services in several ways.

Its ministerial members are interested in initiatives that go to understanding the needs of customers, improving data security, and working out new data-sharing arrangements.

As a cross-jurisdictional body, its official role also has a special focus on ideas with national impact, bridging the “digital divide” and privacy safeguards, as well as building public trust in digital services provided by governments through enhanced transparency.

The ADC has a four-point work program for the next 18 months:

1. Reforming cross-jurisdictional data and digital platforms, services and protocols

  • National Disability Data Asset
  • Data sharing on birth defects
  • e-invoicing and e-planning
  • National API standards
  • Additional cross-jurisdictional data collaboration initiatives (as referred by COAG)

2. Enhancing government capability to build public trust and deliver digitally

  • Building trust and community support
  • Digital inclusion
  • Emerging technologies

3. Transforming services around life events

  • Prioritisation of life events
  • Birth of a child
  • End of life
  • Looking for work

4. Delivering a seamless digital identity experience for citizens

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