Digital Transformation Agency CEO Gavin Slater is stepping down from his role at the end of the month. He will be replaced by Randall Brugeaud who is currently the deputy statistician and  chief operating officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and has previously acted as the DTA CEO.

Slater had been in the role just over one year and will be returning to the private sector, where he was previously a National Australia Bank executive. 

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He was appointed CEO in May 2017 and is the fourth person to leave the DTA CEO position (including interim CEO David Hazlehurst) since the agency was created in 2015.

In March Slater raised eyebrows when he took an extended leave of absence from the DTA during its busy pre-budget period to study at Harvard University. At the time the agency would not say when or if Slater would return, attracting “heavy criticism from senior ranks within the government”, according to InnovationAus.

The outgoing Slater took over from inaugural DTA CEO Paul Shetler, who has, following his own departure, levelled criticism at the government’s approach to digital services.

An eagerly anticipated Senate Inquiry into the digital delivery of government services (the governments “tech wrecks” according to Labour) was due to be released this week but was delayed for the fourth time on Tuesday. The new expected date for the report is June 27 2018.

The government has set a goal of being one of the top three digital governments in the world by 2025.

“It has been a privilege and an honour to lead the Government’s digital transformation during this period, making information and services for all Australians simple, clear and fast’,” Slater said.

Michael Keenan, Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation, thanked Slater for his contributions to the government’s digital transformation.

“During his time as CEO, Mr Slater has played a significant role in helping to drive the government’s digital transformation agenda, while also overseeing procurement reform and the delivery of simpler and faster government services,” Keenan said in a media release.

“Under Mr Slater’s leadership, the DTA has delivered a number of key achievements, including developing a robust framework for digital identity and establishing a Digital Investment Management Office to advise ministers on ICT investments.”

Keenan also welcomed incoming CEO Randall Brugeaud, who has previously held the role of chief information officer of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

“I am confident that Mr Brugeaud’s knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation, combined with an ability to work effectively across government, make him ideal to lead the DTA as it develops and grows into its next phase,” Keenan said.

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