DTA seeks applicants for Data Fellowship program


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 05 August, 2019


DTA seeks applicants for Data Fellowship program

The Digital Transformation Agency has opened applications for the next round of the public service Data Fellowship program.

Applications for the current round opened today and close on 25 August. The three-month program will see APS employees undertake a three-month full-time placement with the CSIRO's data science group Data61 or one of Data61's partner organisations.

During their fellowship, participants will design prototypes that improve or redesign their agency's approach to real-life programs.

Previous participants have developed projects including developing machine learning models for detecting offensive material during forensic investigations, empirical modelling to identify and target biosecurity risks at Australian airports, and longitudinal network analysis of how policy affects government procurement.

Other projects include methods of modelling household and family income from tax returns, using text analytics to check financial condition reports, and automating the way agricultural land uses are mapped at a national scale.

To be selected, the applicant will need approval from their agency's dedicated data champion or a senior executive, and be able to start their project within three months of the application closing date.

Selection criteria will include the scope and quality of the applicant's data-related problem or opportunity, the feasibility of finding a solution within the three-month window and the potential solution's applicability on a larger scale.

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