Local Government Digital Transformation Taskforce

The Local Government Digital Transformation Taskforce was formed in March 2016 to improve community outcomes by establishing a strategic direction for the local government sector.

The aim of the taskforce is to enable simpler, faster, valued and engaging community interactions with local government through digital transformation.

Work will be done in conjunction with State and Federal Government, civic representatives and the private sector. Its members consist of leaders from these sectors.

It is the first multi-stakeholder group of its type in Australia.

The whole-of-sector approach to digital transformation will:

  • reduce fixed costs for each council
  • increase the capacity for all councils
  • enable specialist skills to be secured and shared
  • improve capacity to address more issues simultaneously
  • provide access to funding that was otherwise unavailable
  • enhance collaborative opportunities with the federal, state and private sectors.


Since being formed, the taskforce has:

  • established an agreed vision and strategy for digital transformation of local government
  • established a fact base through council survey results
  • identified key areas for targeted activity through working groups
  • recommended the application of the DTO's Digital Service Standard to local government digital transformation activities
  • endorsed a number of recommendations to be implemented over coming months including the establishment of a Knowledge Centre of council case studies, tools, research and other resources.


The taskforce's multi-sectoral membership brings diverse perspectives. It consists of:

  • Helen Anstis, Baw Baw Shire
  • Keith Baillie, Surf Coast Shire
  • Catherine Ball, Elemental Strategy
  • Jithma Beneragama, Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria
  • Sally Curtain, Casey City Council
  • Gerard José, Mildura Rural City
  • Nerina Di Lorenzo, Merri-bek City Council (formerly Moreland City Council)
  • Alvaro Maz, Code for Australia
  • Michael McAllum, Global Foresight Network
  • Alison McNulty, Public Records Office Victoria
  • Glenn Patterson, Yarra Ranges Shire
  • Dan Searle, Australian Digital Transformation Office
  • Peter Smith, Whitehorse City Council
  • Rob Spence, Municipal Association of Victoria
  • Vijaya Vaidyanath, Yarra City Council
  • Paul Younis, Brimbank City Council.