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Digital Transformation Office to co-locate in Sydney and Canberra

The Digital Transformation Office kicked off its recruitment drive for a range of technologist roles on Thursday with a big announcement: you can remain in Sydney.

Sydney has a large start-up scene that the DTO’s new CEO Paul Shetler wants to tap into for their skills and agile approach — the kind Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants to permeate across the Australian Public Service’s service delivery teams.

Around 20 developers and designers, researchers and product managers will be hired at this stage, with titles that reflect a very different kind of public service, including:

  • Ethical Hacker
  • User Researcher
  • Interaction Designer

Their task is to unwind complexity and help agencies deliver services that are simpler and faster for the customer.

Turnbull acknowledged this would require a significant cultural change in the public service:

“Government services don’t face competition in the traditional sense but that doesn’t mean they should be immune from the disruptive technologies that are having an impact right across the economy.

“The DTO needs to adopt an agile, startup-like culture so it’s important that we recruit people with the right mix of skills and attitude to speed up the transformation of government services.”

To tap into the existing community of those people in Sydney, the DTO will be partnering with the University of Technology, Sydney and co-locating a small team at their Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (the crumpled paper bag one).

DTO's new home away from Canberra: the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney.
DTO’s new home away from Canberra: the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Shetler wrote on the DTO blog that he’ll need “the best and brightest minds in technology” to join them if they’re to achieve the ambitious goal set by Turnbull.

“We’re looking for people who want to work on stuff that matters. Simpler, clearer, faster, more humane public services.

“If you want to make a real difference and work on some of Australia’s most important services — we want to hear from you.

“We need a wide range of talent, from product managers and developers, technology architects and user researchers, to designers, web ops engineers and digital policy analysts, to name a few.

“If you want to do extraordinary things and make a difference, join us.

Read more at The Mandarin: 19 reasons why your government agency finds it hard to recruit technologists

Author Bio

Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett is editor at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's held communications roles in the New South Wales public sector and Defence, and been a staff reporter for newspapers in Sydney and Washington DC.