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Will the DTA be MIA with the DVA



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THE HON ED HUSIC MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY

THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL FEDERAL MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

WILL THE DTA BE MIA WITH THE DVA?

The Federal Opposition has challenged the Turnbull Government to spell out precisely what support the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) will provide the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as it prepares to upgrade its own digital systems.

Labor has shown bipartisan support for the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill, however have concerns of the support which will be provided to DVA for any ICT upgrades.

The DTA need to outline what support it will provide DVA during its systems upgrade, specifically, what support it will provide via its Digital Investment Management Office through the course of the DVA systems upgrade.

The DTA has acknowledged that it failed to act, as Department after Department was affected by rolling Turnbull tech wrecks.

The interim CEO of DTA was forced to admit in Senate Estimates this week that the Government’s own ABS, Centrelink, ATO, and CSA all did not receive crucial support from the agency.

The test for the DTA now is whether it will be more than just a publicity platform for the Turnbull Government - or will it actually deliver concrete outcomes.

It should act now to make sure our nation's veterans do not experience the dysfunction and mess that has accompanied other digital stuff ups.

THURSDAY, 2 MARCH 2017

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