Paul Shetler: the DTO will be ‘with you, not to you’

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Malcolm Turnbull’s Digital Transformation Office is an incubator of digital change, not the sole driver, its chief executive has told technology leaders in the Commonwealth public service.

The Digital Transformation Office won’t transform the federal government itself, its chief executive warns. Departments and agencies must come to the table.

“DTO is doing it with you, not to you,” Paul Shetler said at a conference last month, describing the fledgling agency as an “incubator”. “We want to work with every department and agency, we want to work with the start-up community, with SMEs and other suppliers and vendors, because we know we can’t do it all ourselves.

“This is going to have to be a team effort. Digital transformation is definitely a team sport. We’ve all got to be in this together.” “We have a prime minister who is absolutely dedicated to this …”

Shetler was appointed head of the DTO in July, after then-communications minister Malcolm Turnbull set up the agency to drive technology change in government administration and services. Turnbull retains responsibility for the DTO within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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