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UK and Australia agree to share digital expertise

The UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) has agreed to share expertise and staff with Australia's Digital Transformation Office, The Register has reported.15 Apr 2016

The two bodies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreeing to develop common goals, share information and collaborate on joint projects, with staff being seconded between the two countries, The Register reported.

The common goals of the two organisations include building digital public services "so good, people prefer to use them", providing support for people who struggle to access digital services, and encouraging the use of open source software, The Register's report said.  

Information will be shared on user needs, open standards, connectivity and teaching children to code, the news site said.

Technology law expert Simon Colvin of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind said: "It’s great to see the government practising what it preaches both in terms of collaboration and really pushing the envelope on seeking to achieve common standards at an international level. The GDS is really at the forefront of the UK government in terms of innovation and how government can and will do things differently, and it is good that they can share experiences of the partner agency in Australia."