Minister calls on APS community of data specialists

By The Mandarin

September 13, 2016

Applications are open for the first round of a Data Fellowships program with CSIRO’s Data61 which will provide intensive training for public sector data specialists.

The program is a new initiative within the Australian Public Service Data Skills and Capability Framework.

Launching the framework recently, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said there was a need to improve data skills and capability across the APS. Agencies are invited to nominate up to 10 candidates per round to undertake three-month placements to address a data-related challenge.

“This is such an amazing opportunity for the Data Fellows to work alongside some of the country’s best researchers and engineers from Data61, and their partner organisations, to further develop their skills,” Taylor said.

“Data skills are critical for developing evidence-based policy, which is so important in improving the lives of Australians.

“The program is open to people who work in a wide range of jobs that deal with data, for example, those who work in data analytics, policy, information security, or service delivery. I encourage all those who are interested to apply.”

Data Fellows will become part of the alumni cohort for future Data Fellows.

Applications close September 22 and require approval from the agency’s “data champion” or an appropriate SES. Placements to successful applications begin from mid-October.

Originating agencies will continue to pay for salaries and entitlements, while the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet will reimburse expenses for travel and accommodation.

More information on Data Fellowships, including the application form, is available on the PM&C website.

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