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DTO to expand ranks with tech talent

by Justin Hendry •
Free resource

‘Ethical Hacker’ is among the positions the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) expects to fill through its recruitment drive to capture Australia’s best and brightest technology talent.

Other vacancies include developers, designers, technical architects, user researchers, policy analysts, web ops engineers and product mangers.

The campaign was kicked off by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday, who stated that “the DTO needs to adopt an agile, start-up like culture so it’s important to recruit people with the right mix of skills and attitude to speed up the transformation of government services.”

The media release also indicated a small team would be co-located at the University of Technology Sydney.

Influenced by the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service (GDS), the DTO is responsible for carrying out the Government’s Digital Transformation Agenda, which includes creating a common look and feel to digital services across government.

The influence of the GDS has been seen in the recruitment of personnel so far by the DTO, with Jordan Hatch, who joined the GDS at 17 to develop, and current Head of User Research Leisa Reichelt among the recruits who have worked at the GDS. The first permanent DTO CEO – Paul Shetler – also held an executive role in the GDS before working as Chief Digital Officer of the UK Ministry of Justice.

Other staff working at the DTO are understood by Intermedium to include:

  • Sharyn Clarkson, Assistant Secretary;
  • Lisiane Barao-Macleod, Assistant Secretary;
  • Brant Trim, Engagement Lead;
  • Vanessa Roarty, Director;
  • Christine Andison, Senior Adviser;
  • Deborah Rollings, Consolidation Lead;
  • Kristy Dam, User Research Director;
  • Jeanette Corbitt, Director – Portfolio Office;
  • Biljana Wenning, Project Officer;
  • Hannah Mattner, Policy Officer;
  • Jacqueline van Teulingen, Lead – Digital Services Standard & Grants Administration;
  • Jenni Pain, Acting Director – Human Resources;
  • Marie Cavanaugh, Trusted Identity Framework Team; and
  • Robert Ravanello, Head of Design Department.

In addition to setting up DTO’s staffing, the agency has sought to develop a Digital Transformation Index that is designed to track its progress. A survey to establish the baseline for the Index surveyed 1200 individuals and 300 small businesses in June 2015. 

The level of overall satisfaction with federal government interactions conducted “using primarily digital methods” is 66 per cent for individuals and 75 per cent for small businesses, according to the survey.

Further information on the DTO can be found at Intermedium's GovFacts.

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