Digital Technology Skills Organisation Pilot


As part of the Australian Government’s $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package, the Government has established a Skills Organisation pilot for the digital technology sector.

The Digital Technology Skills Organisation Pilot will shape the national training system to be more responsive to the skills needs of employers within its sector – from the identification of skills needs, to qualifications development, through to improving the quality of training delivery and assessment, and will engage with other reforms occurring across the national training system where relevant.

The Digital Technology Skills Organisation Pilot is one of three Skills Organisation pilots that will inform broader improvements to the national training system. The Australian Government has also announced pilots in the human services care and mining sectors. The pilots will also engage with other reforms occurring across the national training system where relevant.

The initial phase of the pilot is led by a small steering group that will undertake projects and collaborate with industry on development of a detailed design for the longer-term model.

The current Terms of Reference for the steering group are available, which may evolve over time.

Over coming months sector stakeholders will have opportunities to contribute to the development of:

  • short term projects to improve the relevance, responsiveness and quality of training
  • a model for the longer term operations and priorities of the pilot and a proposed future work plan, including governance arrangements to ensure the formal pilot entity represents the broad interests and needs of the digital technology sector.

The pilot will put in place arrangements to ensure the perspectives of employers, unions, broader industry and other key stakeholders in the sector are considered.

It will establish targeted working groups (where required) and a broader consultative group to keep the sector informed of progress and opportunities to contribute. Further information on these arrangements will be made available in due course.

The pilot will work with existing bodies across the VET sector on areas of shared interest and crossover to minimise duplications of effort and maximise the opportunities from this reform.

If you would like to register your interest in receiving updates from the pilot, including opportunities to contribute please email

Steering Group Membership as at January 2020

Yasmin Allen

Yasmin Allen – Digital Technologies Steering Group Chair

Non-Executive Director, ASX

Chairman, Advance
Director, Santos Ltd
Director, Cochlear Ltd

Yasmin Allen’s current roles include Non-Executive Director at ASX; Chairman of Advance; Non Executive Director of Cochlear Ltd; Director of Santos Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery and the George Institute for Global Health; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and Acting President of The Takeovers Panel. Yasmin has previously held the position of Vice President of Deutsche Bank, Director of ANZ Investment Bank in Sydney and Director with HSBC in London. ASX is one of the world’s leading financial market exchanges, and provides a full suite of services including listings, trading, clearing, settlement, technical and information services, and other post-trade services.

Emma Broadbent

Regional Manager ANZ & Pacific Islands, Cisco

Emma started working at Cisco in 2006 when she was taken on board because of her excellent mix of community and people skills and adult learning theory to hire to start up a Training and Development enablement framework for the 1,800+ Partners that on sell Cisco. She was then asked to lead the company’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility program being the Cisco Networking Academy which she has been doing for a number of years. This role allows her to implement community enablement projects in the region using the Cisco Networking Academy Program as a platform. Cliental consists of Public Sector Education Partners and non-for-profit organisations.

There is also opportunity to build workforce development initiatives with ICT Industry to create a pipeline of talent and skills in entry level ICT roles as well as building the human capital development by working with High Schools, TAFE's, Polytechnic's, and Universities adopting and running Cisco entry level certification courses.

Emma is also a member of the Information and Communications Technology Industry Reference Committee.

David Masters

David Masters

Corporate Affairs Director

David Masters is the Corporate Affairs Director at Microsoft Australia, and is currently the Chair of the Information and Communication Technology Industry Reference Committee. David has previously held the position of ICT Practice Director for public affairs consultancy Parker & Partners and has worked for the Australian Government as a senior public servant/adviser on a range of ICT policy issues. Microsoft Australia has recently partnered with TAFEs in NSW, SA, ACT and Victoria to deliver a traineeship program that combines Microsoft Azure Certifications with a Certificate IV in Information Technology.

Tom Moore

Tom Moore


Tom Moore is the CEO of WithYouWithMe (WYWM) and has previously held executive roles with Mentorconnect and OneAffiniti, a digital marketing agency, following service with the Australian Army. WYWM is a military veteran training and outplacement company, founded by veterans to train veterans to fill skills gaps in industry. WYWM was launched in December 2016 to promote and support the outplacement of veterans looking to transition from the military into civilian life and employment in the private sector. One sector of focus for WYWM is cyber security. WithYouWithMe is named as number one on the 2019 Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500™.

Alex Badenoch

Alex Badenoch

Telstra (Group Executive Transformation, Communications and People)

Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, offering a full range of communications services and competing in all telecommunications markets. 

Since August 2016, Alex has held multiple Human Resources roles at Telstra, most recently becoming Telstra’s Group Executive Transformation, Communications and People in February 2020. In this role, Alex is accountable for Telstra’s transformation roadmap and orchestrating the delivery of its key priorities with a focus on transforming the way employees work. 

Prior to this, Alex was the Director of Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Customer at Asciano, Australia’s largest rail and ports operator, and brings a wealth of experience dealing with a highly diversified and international workforce.

Emma Weston

Emma Weston

AgriDigital, CEO & Co Founder

AgriDigital is an Australian start-up that uses new technology to digitise and de-risk agricultural supply chains. With new releases planned and underway in Australia, AgriDigital launched its platform in the United States of America in 2019 and will launch in Canada in 2020.

As AgriDigital’s CEO and co-founder, Emma leads all aspects of the business’ strategy, stakeholder engagement, blockchain and talent management with oversight of the sales, broader technology and operational environments. Her diverse career experience includes lawyer, agribusiness executive, start-up mentor and executive coach.

In 2017, Emma was recognised as the Female Fintech Leader of the Year in Australia and was also named a Top 25 Fintech Influencer by Emma is a former director of the Australian Digital Commerce Association and former Deputy Chair of FinTech Australia Ltd.

Marc Washbourne

Marc Washbourne

ReadyTech, CEO

ReadyTech (ASX:RDY) provides people management SaaS and software technology solutions for educators, employers and facilitators of career transitions. 

Marc has 20 years’ experience in building technology for the education and employment sectors. A former software developer, Marc couples a technical background with high calibre business acumen to drive the overall vision and strategy of the ReadyTech group, leading the company to an ASX listing in 2019. He is a strong advocate for the customer, leading the group’s thinking on the value SaaS and additional services can add.

Marc is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undertaken the Company Directors Course, and is on the advisory board of Year13, a digital business that supports young people transition from school.

Marc Washbourne

Dennis Dragatogiannis 

DXC Technology Global Labor Executive – Strategy & Programs - Supply Chain

DXC Technology is an American multinational corporation that provides business to business IT services. The company is one of the world’s largest systems integrators and a large employer of information technology talent in Australia. 

Dennis Dragatogiannis leads the strategy identification, development and implementation across the Global Contingent workforce for DXC. Dennis has more than 25 years of professional experience including leadership within IT outsourcing industry, focusing on business strategy development, efficiency improvements and performance management. He is recognised as a Subject Matter Expert in global labour program strategy and delivery, agency contracting and statement of work (services).

Additional steering group members may be added at a later date.