News: 2015

Whole-Of-Government Data Analytics Centre A Step Closer

18 November 2015

NSW Parliament today approved the Data Sharing (Government Sector) Bill 2015 to enable data sharing across government agencies and support the functioning of the NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC).

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello said the DAC is the first of its kind in Australia and will use whole-of-government data for strategic decision making.

“The bill gives the DAC greater teeth by enabling the Minister to, in certain circumstances, require NSW Government agencies and local councils to provide data to the DAC within 14 days,” he said.

The DAC is being developed within the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation. Work is already underway on the first of nine priority projects, to improve vocational education training courses in NSW by using data to better target the needs of business and to improve employment outcomes for job seekers.

Dr Ian Oppermann, former CSIRO Director of Digital Productivity Division, has been appointed as expert adviser to lead the development phase of the DAC.

“Dr Oppermann has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector holding senior management roles in Europe and Australia, and has a reputation for delivering outcomes,” Mr Dominello said.

The ongoing protection of privacy and safety of an individual’s personal information is of utmost importance to the government. The bill works within the existing privacy landscape in NSW, including the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act for NSW agencies that collect, publish and provide access to data.

Find out more about the DAC at

2015 Open Data ThinkTank Report Released

17 June 2015

On 30 April representatives from across Government and Industry attended the 2015 NSW Government Open Data ThinkTank. The final report is being released today which captures discussions and highlights from the event.  

The ThinkTank was opened by the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon. Victor Dominello MP. Speakers at the event included:

  • William Murphy, Deputy Secretary, Service Innovation and Strategy, Office of Finance & Services, who provided a perspective on new opportunities, approaches and priorities
  • Des Mooney and Dr. Steve Woodhouse, Land and Property Information spoke about Foundation Spatial Data
  • Dr. Kerry Taylor, CSIRO presented an overview of the opportunity presented by Linked Open Data for public policy
  • Matt Berger, Australian Bureau of Statistics presented work on the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) as an example of confidentialisation preserving utility

A highlight from the day was a Government + Industry panel which provided a reality check on open data and judged an open data ‘myth busting’ activity.  Panelists included Fransisco Urbina, Chair, Spatial Industries Business Association NSW, John Hudson, Director ePlanning, NSW Department of Planning, Dr Jenny Donovan, General Manager, Strategic Information and Reporting, NSW Department of Education and Dr Alana Maurushat, Academic Co-director of UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre and Key Researcher, CRC Data to Decision. Teams were given one of nine commonly-held myths around open data, and were challenged to come up with evidence-based responses to effectively “bust” the myth. It was great to see all 191 participants from both Government and industry interact and ‘myth bust’ commonly held beliefs on this topic. Out of nine myths, six were ‘busted’, identifying three myths where more work was needed.

An international guest, Giulio Quaggiotto, Senior Program Manager for Innovation Skills from NESTA, joined the session from London to talk about big data for public policy.

An afternoon panel session on big data in NSW featured Prof. Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, and Jeremy Moon, Director Analytics, NSW Procurement, Office of Finance and Services.

Dr. Kate Harrington, Director, Information, Strategic Policy at the Office of Finance and Services closed the day highlighting the priorities for participants. The top three priorities were:

1.       value proposition for release of data

2.       partnerships between government and non-government

3.       priority release schedule for government data

Thank you to all who particpated in making this event a success.

Click here to read the report

NSW Government innovation leaders to host roundtable at CeBIT

23 April 2015

In 2014 the NSW Government established the Service Innovation and Strategy (SIS) division within the Office of Finance and Services. 

In early 2015 two new Executive Directors commenced to oversee the two main areas of SIS.

Dawn Routledge was appointed Executive Director of the Strategic Policy team which supports NSW Government reforms in ICT, procurement and construction.  Dawn was previously leading the information and open data initiatives of the NSW Government ICT Strategy. Dawn has held strategic and leadership roles in NSW Government, the private sector and overseas with particular experience in developing strategies and managing change.

Penny Webb-Smart was appointed as Executive Director of Service Reform. This new unit has been established to support the public sector to design and deliver services that provide better customer, policy and financial outcomes based on customer-centricity, digital-first and innovative service delivery models. Penny brings extensive experience in product and service development, and digital transformation, in banking, telecommunications and consulting.

Dawn and Penny will together host a roundtable at the Social Business Conference at CeBIT on Tuesday 5 May 2015. Attendees at the Conference will include CIOs, CEOs, Digital Marketing Managers, Brand Managers, Social Media Managers and others who will hear from a range of speakers about the importance of social business in shaping opinions, growing sales, recruiting talent, managing issues and reinforcing your brand. The roundtable sessions will provide an opportunity to engage with other attendees on related topics.

More information about the Social Business Conference can be found at

Read more about CeBIT at



NSW Government leaders meet for ICT Strategic Planning workshop

30 March 2015

On Monday 23 March NSW Government leaders came together for an ICT Leadership Group Strategic Planning Workshop at the Justice and Police Museum. Over 50 CIOs and senior business leaders from across government were in attendance. 

The workshop used the recently developed NSW Government enterprise architecture to support discussion of whole of government ICT solutions, agency initiatives and future focus areas. The NSW Government Enterprise Architecture Framework and Strategy aims to enable a common approach to the design of digital government and is a significant piece of work arising from the inaugural 2014 Planning Workshop.

Michael Pratt, Customer Service Commissioner, also provided a highly engaging presentation about the NSW Government customer service transformation to a customer-first model.

Image of workshop    Mike Pratt    

In addition, a panel session provided updates on key initiatives from the Office of Finance and Services, Service NSW and the Treasury.

Keys topic areas in the group discussions that followed included:

  • Consideration of planned agency initiatives for the 2016-17 budget
  • Potential whole-of-government opportunities 
  • Identifying enablers of ICT investment in line with the NSW Government ICT Strategy

The workshop was the culmination of Phase 1 of the ICT Investment Process, as outlined in the NSW Government ICT Investment Policy and Guidelines released in 2014.

The three phases are:

Phase 1: ICT Leadership Group strategic planning discussion

Phase 2: Development of investment proposals

Phase 3: Business case review process


Read more about the NSW Government ICT Investment Process and download the guidelines at

.sydney goes live

24 February 2015

Registrations for .sydney domain names are now available to New South Wales residents and businesses. Over 2,000 names have been registered since the domain launched on 17 February 2015.

The opportunity to have a .sydney domain has introduced a fresh way for NSW Government departments to extend their online presence beyond the traditional extensions.

NSW Government registrations include:

  • (Destination NSW)
  • and (Transport for NSW)
  • (Department of Trade & Investment, Regional Infrastructure & Services)
  • (Department of Justice)
  • (NSW Health)
  • (Royal Botanical Gardens)
  • (The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust - Office of Environment & Heritage)
  • (Destination NSW)

      There has also been Local Government interest.

Warringah Council has reserved and and the Council of the City of Sydney has claimed and

“Registering a .sydney domain name offers individuals and brands a new and innovative way of doing business online in New South Wales”, said NSW Finance and Services Minister, Dominic Perrottet MP.  

View the media release.

For more information about .sydney domain names visit

Digital Government Survey Report released

15 January 2015

In September last year the Accelerating Digital Government Taskforce (the Taskforce) conducted a public survey to seek input from the community about preferences and priorities for digital government in NSW.

1,853 responses were received from across NSW.  Thanks to all those who participated.

A report was presented to the Taskforce which summarised the findings and is now available to download.

Additional consultations took place through stakeholder workshops with representatives from the public sector, industry, NGOs and research sectors.

The findings will inform the development of a digital government roadmap which will outline the vision and plan for a digital government that is agile and innovative, optimising the value of information assets and digital technologies to anticipate needs and deliver better public services.

Download the Digital Government Survey Report

Download the Stakeholder Workshop report and Nous Fusion Room community consultation report