DTA establishes WofG architecture taskforce

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 16 June, 2020

DTA establishes WofG architecture taskforce

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has established a new taskforce to lead a project to develop a whole-of-government architecture aimed at enabling agencies to re-use common capabilities and platforms.

The taskforce is made up of secondees from the ATO, Home Affairs and Defence, as well as internal DTA architects. The taskforce will also collaborate with a working group with contributors from several other agencies.

It will define the vision and strategy for the project, define a simple, understandable government architecture framework and work with agencies to develop template service canvases for the framework.

The taskforce will also take on responsibility for setting up an operating model to help continued engagement, refinement and usage of the common architecture framework.

During the second half of 2020, the taskforce will work to develop a catalogue of re-usable platforms and services across government, establish improvements to the Government Business Architecture and set up a Community of Practice for the architecture framework.

Other next steps include research into a suitable tool and method for collecting a knowledge base of government architecture to support the project's development, and developing a qualitative tool for evaluating the alignment of proposed initiatives with the government's Digital Transformation Priorities.

The initiative, announced by Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert in November, will aim to improve the user experience for government services for citizens, agencies and providers, and to develop guidelines, standards and practices for connecting services.

The new architecture will seek to provide a better user experience through cross-agency design and investment decisions.

The strategy also involves the establishment of architecture communities to collaborate, innovate and design government services, platforms and capabilities. It will also aim to provide advocacy, insight and tools to visualise and assure investment and design decisions for all agencies.

According to the DTA, the ultimate aim is to allow the federal government to improve from separate siloed capabilities to connected common platforms and services.

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