GDS strengthens collaboration with Australian counterpart

The Government Digital Service has signed an agreement with Australia’s Digital Transformation Office to collaborate on digital government developments

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Office (DTO).

During a recent visit to Australia, GDS chief technology officer Liam Maxwell signed the agreement, which aims to build collaboration between the countries.

The agreement includes sharing information and experiences on digital transformation and agreeing a set of common goals, such as to build digital public services so good that people prefer to use them and to provide support for those who have limited digital capabilities.

The MOU takes effect immediately and will last for an initial five years, but the two countries already have a long-standing relationship on collaboration. 

Commenting on the agreement, Maxwell said the MOU meant the two governments would work more closely together.

“The GDS was founded in 2011, so we’ve had a little more time to progress along on the path to digital reform,” said Maxwell. “However, I’m genuinely impressed and excited to see the work that’s been done by the Digital Transformation Office in such a short period of time, and can’t wait to see what comes next.”

DTO CEO Paul Shetler said the MOU will give staff the chance to benefit from shared knowledge, and will also include secondments of staff between the two countries.

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“Working more closely together can only help us in our efforts to improve the lives of the citizens in our respective countries,” he said.

In September 2015, the UK government also announced plans to collaborate on the development of digital services with the US Digital Service during a visit by Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock.

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