ACT public servant wins top digital government award


The Digital Earth Australia team at the Australian Government Digital Awards

The Department of Health and Geoscience Australia are among the winners of this years’ Australian Government Digital Awards.

The Digital Transformation Agency announced the recipients during a ceremony at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on Thursday. Health took home the prize in the product or service category for its website which helps Australians make informed choices about their aged care, while Geoscience Australia’s Digital Earth Australia hybrid cloud platform was recognised in the platform category.

Sandra Cook

ACT Health’s Sandra Cook was also named the 2019 Digital Champion. As the Acting Chief Information Officer and Director of Future Capability and Governance Digital Solutions Division, Cook is in charge of the directorate’s Digital Health Strategy.

The awards acknowledged excellence in government digital products, services, partnerships and individuals. The ceremony followed the DTA’s inaugural Digital Summit, where digital leaders and practitioners connected to share digital transformation stories and best practice case studies from government.

See the full list of winners below:

Outstanding digital delivery: emerging technology

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science for its venture capital reporting and analytics system, VeRA

Outstanding digital delivery: methodology or approach

The Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland for its TMR digital incubator

Outstanding digital delivery: product or service

Department of Health for ‘Helping Australians make informed choices about their aged care’

Outstanding digital delivery: platform

Geoscience Australia for its Digital Earth Australia hybrid cloud platform 

Excellence in partnerships: government/industry

Engine Group for ‘Lifechecks’ with the Department of Health; Treasury; Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business; Department of Social Services; Department of Human Services; Department of Education and Training; and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Excellence in partnerships: multi-agency

Treasury and Australian Taxation Office for ‘eInvoicing’ with the NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

2019 Digital Champion

Sandra Cook, ACT Health

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