Chief Digital Officer: Transforming our digital capability


This pivotal leadership role, based in Canberra, will influence and enable the Australian Capital Territory to be a Smart City in a way that is unique for us. You will draw on the most appropriate global initiatives as sources of innovation but ensure they are aggregated, elastic, efficient and personalised. The overarching philosophy is to ensure services are focused around the needs of the citizens, government workforce, business and community groups.

More specifically, this means:

  • Assisting the ACT Government to further adapt its business and frontline leadership to a digital context by devising and executing strategies for whole-of-government engagement enabled by digital revolution;
  • While simultaneously promoting greater understanding of what practical, considered yet fearless measures will align agility, innovation, autonomy, reliability and customer responsiveness as a result of technological innovation;
  • The development of all new data analytics that will provide a rich source for policy and performance analytics, personalisation, open data and, more generally, the achievement of social goals.

We require a digital leader whose background includes not just the customer-facing or operational aspects of digitisation, but also experience in managing complex transformation and influencing a diverse range of stakeholders. Your ability to navigate the intricacies of both legacy IT architectures and new digital applications will be complemented by a strong background in business partnership, as well as significant experience in proactively addressing the often nuanced governance frameworks that exist within public sector contexts, when leading the approval and execution of major technology investments.

You will be an advocate for fit for purpose digital best practice in large enterprise environments, be known as collegiate with a solid ability to engage others, create enthusiasm and lift implementation rigour and encourage thought leadership. A strong track record and reputation for successfully developing and delivering meaningful digital excellence in partnership, on time and on budget, within a consumer orientated multi-site environment is crucial. You will ideally be coming from a Head of Digital Technology, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) or Programme Manager – Digital within complex services environments. Experience at a senior level within Government delivering well-governed and demonstrably effective digital services will be highly regarded.

Are you able to create belief and commitment to a future that will deliver competitive advantage for an entire community? For a confidential discussion please contact Allan Laurie on Tel: (02) 9233 1200 or send an expression of interest and application quoting Ref No 68359 to email:


by Allan Laurie