26 September 2023

PS to help build whole-of-Gov’t architecture

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The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) and the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) are calling on Public Service employees to help ensure the Australian Government Architecture (AGA) remains dynamic and current in today’s digital landscape.

Issuing the call to action, DTA said the AGA conveyed the strategic outcomes that Government was working towards through digital investments such as better digital experiences for citizens and business, secure online interactions with Government, and the digitisation of services.

It said it invited Agencies and industry to contribute designs, standards and patterns to the whole-of-Government Architecture.

“The aim is to create accessible and consumable guidance to allow stakeholders to quickly find and understand expectations for digital investment, from both public and private sector perspectives,” DTA said.

“The public service has a huge breadth of digital capability and expertise that can be drawn upon and, using the AGA, will be collectively leveraged to focus on closing gaps in digital delivery.”

To assist with this, the Agency said it had partnered with the APSC’s Digital Profession Stream to create an Architecture Community for the sharing of ideas and experiences across Government.

It said to join the Community, officials would need to join the Digital Profession as a Practitioner.

“Once registered you can join the Architecture Community and contribute to the ongoing development of the AGA,” the DTA said.

The Agency took the opportunity to announce an update to the AGA, set to be released on its website

It said the update would include an interactive, self-service online tool in the form of a library of guidance materials.

“The AGA will be accessible to Agencies, as well as industry and the public, in a way that is searchable and navigable based on user needs,” the DTA said.

“This will encourage standardisation and reuse across Government,” it said.

“The release will also include a refresh of some of our existing DTA website content relating to Procurement and Sourcing, Cloud Computing and Hosting, to better align and access through a one-stop-shop for DTA’s policies and standards.”

Further information on the AGA can be accessed at this PS News link and on joining the APSC’s Digital Profession at this link.

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