“Australia’s capacity to remain competitive in the digital economy is contingent upon its ability to harness the value of data.”
The Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation has launched a new framework for upskilling all public sector employees in analysing and extracting value from the vast quantities of data available to them. Speaking about the new roadmap last week, he stated that:
“Data literacy across the APS will have a critical role in supporting evidence-based decision making, developing more efficient government policy and delivering services that meet the needs of people across Australia. Skills and knowledge in publishing, linking and sharing public data will help to make government services more citizen-focused.”
From data literacy to fellowship
The framework has been in development since last December, when it was recommended by the Public Sector Data Management Report. The Report found that work-ready gradates with data skills were in short supply, despite most agencies expressing a need for more data capabilities.
The first stage of the framework is a Data Literacy Programme, which will provide ongoing training to improve general data skills and literacy across the APS. For officers whose roles require more specialised data literacy, tailored training and university courses will be made available.
The most advanced phase of the framework comes in the form of a Data Fellowship, which will be open to 10 “high performing candidates” each year. Those nominated will spend three months with CSIRO’s Data 61 team or a relevant private sector organisation.
Combined with changes in legislation towards open data access across government departments, the framework further highlights the growing emphasis on effective use of data in the public sector. The Data Analytics for Effective Decision Making conference, taking place in Sydney this November, will share strategies for a whole-of-government approach to data analytics. Book your place by September 9th to save $400 on ticket prices.