Local, state and federal finalists announced for annual digital awards


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The Digital Transformation Agency has revealed a long list of finalists for this year’s Australian Government Digital Awards.

Among the contenders is the Department of Health’s Head to Health website, which brings a wide range of mental health services to one platform, including apps, online programs, phone services, and digital information resources. The department’s collaboration with Liquid Interactive and the Head to Health Core Community Group has already taken home an award this year, winning best in class at the Australian Good Design Awards. This time, it’s up for the outstanding digital methodology or approach category.

Another finalist is Transport NSW’s contactless transport payments, which has been nominated for the outstanding digital platform award. The contactless system was rolled out to include Sydney’s bus services today, meaning that fleeting tourists will no longer have to buy an Opal card to hop on a city bus, they just need a credit or debit card. The technology was installed in the state’s light rail, ferries and trains last year.

Over in Victoria, the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Pick My Project initiative has been nominated for the outstanding digital methodology or approach award. The consultation platform lets locals vote on project ideas to improve their community. Victorians aged 16 and over can apply for project funding provided they apply with an eligible partner organisation, such as a community group, school, local council or government department. 

The award ceremony will be held at a gala dinner on 3 October at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The event will follow the Digital Summit 2019.

See the full list of categories and finalists below:

Outstanding digital product or service award

  • Helping Australians make informed choices about their aged care — Department of Health
  • BriefCASE — Department of Communications
  • Digitising Northern Beaches Council’s Waste Management Experience — NSW Local Government (Northern Beaches Council)
  • Carer gateway website — Department of Social Services
  • Online services for agents — Australian Taxation Office
  • AusConnect: Connecting people and partners across the Australian Aid Program — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Add Life to Your Years: Promoting active ageing in the City of Boroondara — VIC Local Government (City of Boroondara)

Outstanding digital platform award

  • Digital Earth Australia Hybrid Cloud Platform for exploiting Satellite Imagery of Australia — Geoscience Australia
  • Contactless transport payments — Transport NSW
  • NSW digital design system — Customer Service NSW
  • Single digital presence — Department of Premier and Cabinet, VIC
  • New payments platform — Department of Human Services
  • My Victoria — Today Design

Outstanding use of emerging technology award

  • Automated biosecurity screening — Department of Agriculture
  • PMCV allocation and placement service — Usercentric
  • On closer inspection — Australian War Memorial
  • Office of State Revenue: Tax insights powered by machine learning — QLD Treasury
  • Excellence in monitoring customer-centric service delivery — Dynatrace
  • Advancing customer excellence through innovation — QLD Health
  • VeRA, the venture capital reporting and analytics system — Department of Industry

Outstanding digital methodology or approach award

  • TMR digital incubator – Building TMR’s agility for a digital future — Transport QLD
  • Easy to do business product — Service NSW
  • AgileSWIFT — National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
  • Pick my project — Department of Premier and Cabinet, VIC
  • Transactional digital services program — IP Australia
  • Redesign and launch of myHR intranet site — Department of Home Affairs
  • Head to Health: Australia’s digital mental health gateway — Department of Health

Excellence in government-industry partnership award

  • Partnering with industry to build QLD Government digital capability — Transport QLD
  • Satellites to insights – Environmental intelligence for agri-business — Geoscience Australia
  • Putting the consumer at the heart of the new Consumer Data Right — Design Tobias
  • Enterprise process management system — Department of Home Affairs: Pegasystems
  • MyService Beta — Oakton
  • Housing Connect: Collaborative design for innovative social change — Telstra
  • Lifechecks — Engine Group

Excellence in multi-agency partnership award

  • Home Affairs shared testing services — Department of Home Affairs
  • National edeposit (NED) — A national digital collection for Australia: National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA)
  • Austrade and business.gov.au — Austrade/Department of Industry
  • Innovation catalyst global — CSIRO
  • eInvoicing – Treasury/Australian Taxation Office
  • Passport reader app for biosecurity officers — Department of Home Affairs
  • Cross-government collaboration to better understand water use in the Murray Darling Basin — Geosciences

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