The Australian Government to Launch New Digital Transformation Strategy

The Australian government is to launch a new digital transformation strategy at the beginning of 2019, setting out a road map designed to make the country a world leader in digital government by 2025.

Speaking at the Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast last week, Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation Michael Keenan said the strategy will include milestones and timescales to keep the country on track to realising its digital ambitions.

The minister spoke about the successful rollout of ePassport SmartGates across Australian airports – a project that was widely criticised when first proposed more than a decade ago.

The plans will focus on three key areas:

-making it easier for citizens to interact with government
-using data and analytics to inform smarter decision-making
-the adoption of new and emerging technologies in government.

“The strategy will continually be renewed and refreshed to make sure we account for new technology developments and the emergence of new trends,” he said.

It’s not clear which “new and emerging technologies” the strategy will focus on, but blockchain’s champions had a setback last month when a research project into its potential use in government concluded that better technology currently exists to realise all the objectives tested.