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Looking ahead

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The next couple of months are shaping up to be big in the world of data. Key work being delivered includes:

  • The National Archives of Australia policy on Building trust in the public record managing information and data for government and community
  • The first video of the In conversation with Dr Gruen series. This one featuring Anthony Goldbloom, founder and CEO of Kaggle
  • APS Data Professional Stream’s Forward Work Plan

National Archives of Australia policy – Building trust in the public record managing information and data for government and community

The National Archives is developing a new policy to continue to improve Australian Government (Cwlth) capability in managing its information assets (records, information and data). The policy, Building trust in the public record: managing information and data for government and community will take effect 1 January 2021, with an anticipated release later this year. It will build on the National Archives current policy Digital Continuity 2020, which concludes at the end of the year. The policy supports effective APS governance and operations, and has been developed in consultation with key data and information policy agencies to ensure its alignment with government objectives. The policy provides an overarching framework for good information practice. It acknowledges that data is an increasingly important type of information and to unlock its full potential it must be managed well. 

The National Archives’ policies continue to emphasise the importance of building professional capability in managing the information assets of Australian Government. Current National Archives’ guidance includes an information and data capabilities resource which outlines the skills and knowledge employees need, to create and manage information and data effectively. This resource will be updated to support the new policy. Other new and revised advice delivered under the policy will define and address contemporary challenges of managing information and data across Australian Government including in the areas of:

  • Strategic planning and governance
  • Metadata
  • Data interoperability
  • Long-term storage (preservation) of digital content

Please contact the National Archives at information.management [at] naa.gov.au should you wish to discuss the policy or its implementation.

In conversation with Dr Gruen and Anthony Goldbloom

The first speaker for the In conversation with Dr Gruen series is Anthony Goldbloom, founder and CEO of Kaggle (now a Google company).

Kaggle is the world’s largest data science and machine learning community with over 5 million members. Forbes has twice named Anthony one of the 30 under 30 in technology, the MIT Technology Review has named him as one of the 35 Innovators under 35, and the University of Melbourne has given Anthony an Alumni of Distinction Award.

Graduating from Melbourne University in 2006, Anthony worked at Department of Treasury and the RBA before launching Kaggle in 2010, and then moving to San Francisco in 2012. In 2017, Kaggle was acquired by Google.

In this video, you will hear from Anthony and David as they cover a range of topics including career development and plans, ways to keep your set of skills and knowledge current, opportunities for using data to solve public sector problems, and ideas on what the future will bring. 

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APS Data Professional Stream Forward Work Plan

A draft Forward Work Plan for the APS Data Professional Stream will be delivered to the APSC this year. This plan will provide a roadmap for the key initiatives that will be implemented over the next two years and will also include an overview of the vision for the next five years.

Priorities have been set by the Senior Reference Group and we are currently taking a co-design approach to delve into potential initiatives with our Senior Working Group. This will help establish a work plan that reflects a broad APS perspective and is targeted at addressing key challenges and harnessing opportunities. In recent workshops with our Senior Working Group, we have covered topics such as data roles, career pathways, capability frameworks, micro-credentials and tertiary study. We look forward to sharing the Forward Work Plan with you in the new year.

To find out if your agency has a representative, see the list of Senior Reference Group and Senior Working Group members below.

APS Data Professional Stream Senior Reference Group Members

Jenet Connell

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Melinda Smith

Australian Taxation Office

Katherine Jones

Department of Defence

Peter Alexander

Digital Transformation Agency

Caroline Edwards

Department of Health

Cath Patterson

Department of Home Affairs

Luise McCulloch

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Pip Spence

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

James Johnson

Geoscience Australia

Vance Khan

National Indigenous Australians Agency



APS Data Professional Stream Senior Working Group Members

Celia Moss

Australian Bureau of Statistics

River Paul

Australian Financial Security Authority

Geoff Neideck

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Katrina Purcell

Australian Public Service Commission

Marek Rucinski

Australian Taxation Office

Andrew Walter

Attorney-General’s Department

Dr Boris Kelly-Gerreyn

Bureau of Meteorology

Rose Verspaandonk

Commonwealth Grants Commission


Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Justin Keefe

Department of Defence

Susie Kluth

Department of Education, Skills and Employment


Department of Finance

Jenny Gordon

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Richard Hurley

Department of Health

Steven Davies

Department of Home Affairs

Kayelle Drinkwater

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Leonie Holloway

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Andrew Lalor

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Phillip Gould

Office of the National Data Commissioner

Rob Stedman

Department of Social Services


Department of Treasury

Dr Paul Nicolarakis

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Scott Cass-Dunbar

Digital Transformation Agency

Tanya Whiteway

Geoscience Australia

Dr Jessica Hartmann

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Dr Maria Milosavljevic

Services Australia