DTA boss departs to take on trade role

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday June 18, 2021

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Amanda Copping has moved into the top job at the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. (Andrey/Adobe)

Digital Transformation Agency CEO Randall Brugeaud has been appointed to lead a new taskforce that aims to simplify trade and cut red tape.

The Simplified Trade System Implementation Taskforce, announced on Friday, will work with the Simplified Trade System Industry Advisory Council, the Deregulation Taskforce, border agencies and Australian businesses to review international trade regulations and modernise outdated ICT systems.

Trade minister Dan Tehan said Brugeaud, who is also currently head of the APS Digital Profession, would work with businesses to design and implement an improved cross-border trade system.

“Our government’s focus on cutting red tape will give businesses more time to focus on growing their business and employing more Australians,” he said.

“We announced an additional $37.4 million for the Simplified Trade System reform, to further strengthen Australia’s economic resilience, in the May budget.”

Stuart Robert — who took the DTA with him when he recently moved from government services minister to employment minister — has thanked Brugeaud for his work at the agency.

Brugeaud’s experience would ensure the taskforce further improves the government’s digital services for businesses, Robert said.

Prior to joining the DTA in 2018, Brugeaud was deputy Australian statistician and chief operating officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. He was previously chief information officer at the former Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Brugeaud will commence in his new role on July 1.

His replacement at the DTA is yet to be announced.


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