Wednesday, 22 August 2018 09:17

DTA sees 100% staff turnover in 18 months

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Almost as many staff as are employed by the Australian Government's Digital Transformation Agency — 342 — quit the organisation in the last 18 months, a freedom of information request has revealed.

This includes the organisation's first full-time chief executive, Gavin Slater.

The FoI request, first reported by, revealed that 340 staff had left DTA during the last 18 months from December 2016 to June 2018.

The DTA had 342 staff on its rolls at the end of June 2018.

Sixty percent of the staff were employed in Canberra while the remainder work in Sydney.

The DTA has been in the news recently over Govpass, the single-identity service that is supposed to be tested in October.

But there is no cloud provider for the service, after the unceremonious dumping of Vault, a company that has gained Protected cloud status from the Australian Signals Directorate, which means it can host top secret government data.

Contacted for comment about the staff turnover, a DTA spokesperson said: "The DTA recruits skills and expertise as required to deliver on key priorities. The DTA’s workforce is a mix of APS, contractors and secondees that deliver on the government’s digital transformation agenda.

"DTA’s agile ways of working encourage teams to work across projects that start and finish much quicker than the traditional ones. This allows DTA to bring in skills from across the public and private sector for short periods and focus on delivering outcomes in a quick fashion.

"DTA is proud of the work we have done involving multi-disciplinary teams from across the APS. This allows us to increase the capability of the public sector and also to deliver outcomes in a truly collaborative way."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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