DTA announces next round of IT administrator courses for APS digital profession

By Shannon Jenkins

February 25, 2021


The Digital Transformation Agency has partnered with Microsoft to deliver another round of IT administrator courses for the Australian Public Service digital profession.

The training will help staff boost their cloud and Microsoft 365 skills, the DTA said in a statement on Wednesday.

The courses were first launched in November 2020. Since then, hundreds of APS employees have taken part in the training, and the DTA has seen a strong demand for more.

The next round of instructor-led courses will run between March and June, and will be conducted virtually through Microsoft Teams. They will teach IT professionals and other employees a range of skills, such as how to differentiate cloud service models, how to implement governance, security and compliance for Microsoft Teams, and how to deploy and manage cloud app security.

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The training is sponsored by the DTA and Microsoft for the APS digital profession, which aims to lift the digital expertise of individuals, organisations, and the APS workforce to meet digital capability needs in government.

The Australian Public Service Commission appointed DTA boss Randall Brugeaud as digital head of profession and launched the Digital Professional Stream Strategy in April 2020.

APS commissioner Peter Woolcott recently told the 2021 Graduate Development Program participants that reforms to strengthen the APS’ digital and data capabilities were “well underway”.

The establishment of a digital profession was recommended in the Thodey review of the APS, released in late 2019, to “ensure that the APS has the skills required to develop, build and maintain ICT systems that enable the government to be easy to deal with”.

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