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Australia’s DTA announces 2nd round of data fellowships to improve government services

Australia’s DTA announces 2nd round of data fellowships to improve government services

In Australia, Digital Transformation Agency
(DTA) recently
announced the second round of data fellowship for 2017 – 2018. Seven
data specialists were selected to take part in three-month placements under
DTA’s Data
Fellowship Program
.

As reported earlier, the data fellowship
programme by the Australian Government targets current employees of the
Australian Public Service who are interested in building data skills within
their agencies. The selected high-performing data specialists will go through a
three-month full-time placement to develop a solution for a data-related
problem and help to improve government services.

During their placements, the 7 data fellows
will work with the CSIRO’s
data-innovation group Data61 and will
develop solutions for data-related problems or opportunities.

The fellowships give public service staff
the chance to step outside their day jobs and create prototypes that improve or
completely redesign our approach to real-life problems, while their respective
agencies will continue to pay their salaries, superannuation and entitlements,
with all travel and accommodation costs reimbursed.

Participants come from a variety of
government agencies. These fellowships give them access to mentoring, skills
development and new and emerging technologies and techniques. The following are
the seven projects that the data fellows will work on from now to mid-October:

(1)   
Using text analytics to check
financial condition reports at the Australian Prudential
Regulation Authority. Text analytics will be used to help identify
insights and risks in prudential supervisory reviews of insurance companies’
financial condition reports.

(2)   
Developing techniques to automate
land-use delineation through advanced geospatial data-analysis and modelling
techniques. These techniques will combine satellite-derived information and
various national datasets to help Australian Bureau of Agricultural
and Resource Economics and Sciences
improve methods for building the
Land Use of Australia data series for understanding current and long-term
changes in Australian land use.

(3)   
Analysing government buying
patterns and provide data about the way government agencies buy products and
services and the sellers they buy from. Using longitudinal network analysis to
look at datasets held by AusTender, the analysis will show the effects policy
changes have on forming networks between government agencies and sellers.

(4)   
Using machine learning to help
the Clean
Energy Regulator
(CER) detect non-compliance in regulatory schemes.
The effort aims to develop a process for the Small-Scale Renewable Energy
Scheme to help the CER use its resources more efficiently and strengthen the
integrity of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target.

(5)   
Developing an empirical model
to identify and target biosecurity risks at Australian airports. The model will
help to find risk patterns and identify international travellers who carry a
higher and potential non-compliance biosecurity risk.

(6)   
Using machine-learning algorithms
to improve survey accuracy for the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The
models will improve the quality and efficiency of the address register held by
the Bureau.

(7)   
Simulation model for
call-centre activities that will replicate the day-to-day telephone activities
of the Department of Human Services. The project aims to show information
including customer wait times, number of transferred calls, busy signals, level
of staff occupancy and more.

Other than training on advanced data
skills, data fellow will also be part of a bigger alumni network after
completing the placement to share learnings and experience.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.