Te Tari Taiwhenua the Department of Internal Affairs is making changes to the way its all-of-government digital branch is organised. The changes aim to help the Department better support government agencies to respond to New Zealanders’ expectations for faster, more agile, more accessible and more integrated digital services.
Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) and the Department’s Chief Executive Paul James says the internal changes reflect the public sector’s changing digital landscape and needs. “We have a lead role on behalf of government to support a more connected, responsive and consistent digital public service, and we’re making some changes to help drive and deliver that. This reflects our purpose to work with and through agencies to drive and deliver customer-centred digital government.”
Core permanent team with flex
The changes will see a core permanent team established that will focus the branch’s efforts and resources on key aspects of digital government. This will help the branch to connect and interact with agencies to identify digital needs across the state sector system and then respond effectively.
“We are establishing a central team that can adjust and flex to meet future requirements, including being able to respond to emerging issues and opportunities,” says Paul. “The digital landscape is a changing one, so we need to be able to move with it to stay ahead of the curve.”
Work is also underway in the branch to look at all-of-government procurement needs, which includes working with relevant agencies to fully understand how the branch can better connect public sector and vendor markets to drive efficiencies, standardisation, consolidation and innovation.
The next few months will be about reorganising the branch roles and responsibilities, managing work-in-progress, and looking at the larger plan of delivering to government priorities and mandates as well as the newly-developed Strategy for a Digital Public Service. The Department is also establishing the branch’s new leadership team, which, together with other key senior leader roles, includes recruiting a new DCE and Deputy Government Chief Digital Officer to lead the branch.
Says Paul: “Our plan is to work with agencies and other digital stakeholders in a more proactive and joined-up way to ensure they are well-supported to deliver integrated digital services to New Zealanders.
“We want to build agency capability and culture to work together as an integrated digital system for New Zealanders. That’s our reason for being, and that’s where we’re focusing our efforts.”
Watch Paul James talk about the new DCE role in the video “Now recruiting: Talented senior leaders to drive Government Chief Digital Officer work.”
09 October 2019