The Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) will shape the national training system, testing innovative solutions to ensure that digital training meets the skills needs of employers. The DSO will work on identifying skills needs, developing agile qualifications, and improving the quality of training delivery and assessment. It will engage with other reforms occurring across the national training system where relevant.
The DSO is one of three industry-led Skills Organisation pilots designed to inform broader improvements to the national training system. Pilots are also underway in the human services care and mining sectors. The pilots are engaging with other reforms across the national training system including the National Skills Commission (link) and the National Careers Institute (link) as needed.
The DSO was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in June 2020. The DSO Board is working with employers, training organisations, learners and technology communities to connect different parts of the vocational training system with industry, build Australia’s digital workforce and provide the competitive edge needed in the global market.
‘Provide an innovative and world-leading approach to training and employing people in digital skills in Australia.’
‘Curate and initiate impact projects and strategic initiatives in the digital skills sector to increase outcomes for both learners and employers as quantified through increased enrolments, completions and employment.’
Over the coming months, sector stakeholders will have opportunities to contribute to the development of:
- Short term projects to improve the relevance, responsiveness and quality of digital skills 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.
To find out more about the Digital Skills Organisation, including opportunities to contribute to the pilot visit the Digital Skills Organisation website. For all other queries, email DigitalTechnologySOPilot@dese.gov.au.
Board Membership as at July 2020
Yasmin Allen – Digital Technologies Steering Group Chair
Non-Executive Director, ASX
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.
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 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™.
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.
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 Finder.com.au. Emma is a former director of the Australian Digital Commerce Association and former Deputy Chair of FinTech Australia Ltd.
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.
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 board members may be added at a later date.