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HEALTH & PUBLIC SERVICE


DHS AUSTRALIA

Transforming service delivery in the digital age

WELCOME

John Vidas

Welcome to our website for the Department of Human Services. Here you’ll find a selection of resources to support you as you transform service delivery—including our latest insights on data & analytics, emerging technologies, design thinking and managing transformation to achieve better social outcomes for citizens.

To help get to know us better, we’ve also included profiles of key team members.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like any further information.

Best regards,

John Vidas
Managing Director, Accenture Public Service
Account Lead – Human Services Australia
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WHAT PEOPLE WANT: SOCIAL SERVICES CITIZEN SURVEY

We asked citizens across five countries—Australia, the UK, Singapore, France and Germany—for their opinions on digital services and what they want from Human Services agencies.

HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN

DATA & ANALYTICS

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

MANAGING TRANSFORMATION

JOIN US IN THE GARDEN

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

– Fredrich Nietzsche

The Garden is Accenture’s home for the Accenture Government and Health Innovation and Advisory Network. The Garden is:

  • Seeding open and inclusive discovery and innovation with ecosystem participants.

  • Growing a new social movement—innovation that matters and makes a difference to people’s lives.

  • Nurturing different ways of doing things—design thinking, co-creation, co-innovation, rapid prototyping and agility.

To find out more, join us on Slack or contact us on HPS.ANZ@accenture.com

GET TO KNOW US

John is the Account Lead for Accenture’s Human Services clients in Australia. He is also the Growth and Strategy Lead for Accenture’s Health and Public Service practice in Asia Pacific. He is responsible for ensuring Accenture’s Industry capabilities are market leading and deliver value for our clients across Citizen Services, Defence, Health, Revenue, and Education, to name a few.

John has executed the role of Account Lead or “Executive” at MOH Holdings, Internal Revenue Authority of Singapore, and Singapore Ministry of Defence, and over the last 25 years led system integration work at these clients together with the ATO, a number of Australian State Government Departments, Queensland Rail, and University sector managing multi-vendor environments.

Why are you passionate about the WPIT Programme?

I am committed to work with the department, to create the infrastructure that DHS can use to enable the health, happiness and fortunes of every person.

When I am not working, you will find me…

Enjoying eating, walking, reading, watching sport.

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Louise is Managing Director of Accenture’s Education and State Human Services business in Australia and has more than 20 years of experience. She has worked in public sector clients across multiple domains delivering projects involving public sector transformation, large-scale business deployment and transformation including business architecture and business process design, organizational change and strategic change management.

Why are you passionate about the WPIT Programme?

I’ve spent my career working in and around the public service, helping to deliver better services to citizens. I’m a strong believer that societies that educate and look after their citizens are greatly rewarded. The WPIT Programme gives the opportunity to transform the business of servicing Australians, providing protection and support for people who need it.

When I am not working, you will find me…

Usually I’ll be spending time with my children (often ferrying them to one activity or another), or sneaking some time to myself in the garden, or at a yoga class.

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Martin Renwick is a Managing Director with Accenture’s Health and Public Service practice with over 30 years of complex program management and systems implementation experience. Martin joined Accenture in 1991 and has worked predominantly with government clients, in the UK, North America, Singapore and Australia.

When I am not working, you will find me…

Playing board games or cards with my children, having fun on the beach or taking various children out for driving lessons.

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Tony is a Managing Director and Senior Delivery Lead within Accenture’s Health and Public Service Practice with over 17 years of experience working on complex, large scale implementations across a number of industries. He specializes in complex SAP change programs and has gained significant experience through roles across the SDLC (program and project management, functional, development, testing, conversion and deployment).

When I am not working, you will find me…

I have always been actively involved in football club administration, as well as football coaching. I am pleased to say even Jose Mourinho would be happy to have my win-loss record.

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Brock brings more than 15 years of system integration experience and is a certified Accenture Delivery Lead and Technology Architect. He has extensive international SAP experience in delivering large, complex and global SAP deployments across the world. Inclusive of that experience is over 5 years specifically delivering SAP payroll systems and managing the complexity and business risks associated with such deployments.

Why are you passionate about the WPIT Programme?

WPIT will transform the fabric of Australia’s welfare, it’s the opportunity for me to play a part in improving the welfare experience, for my family, my friends, and the rest of the Australia people.

When I am not working, you will find me…

Most likely playing with my car, a 1977 Ford XC falcon.

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Brian is a Managing Director within Accenture’s Government and Health Industry Practice. He brings a unique social protection value proposition to client engagements – practical field experience within social security administrations, management consultancy addressing complex business and technical challenges within social security organisations, and industry thought leadership recognised within global industry forums.

Why are you passionate about the WPIT Programme?

I have been actively involved in the social services industry in Australia and globally for over 30 years and am excited about the opportunities WPIT provides for Australia to be a world-leader in leveraging new digital technologies to deliver a differential service response leading to better social outcomes. I see WPIT bringing to life the great ideas and concepts many of us have been talking about for years to empower people within the social services system while keeping it affordable, efficient and effective.

When I am not working, you will find me…

Travelling to an exotic location for a social services event, getting up at 5am for bootcamp and holidaying with my wife and daughters.

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Brid has extensive experience in digital design and user experience. This includes working for five years on one of the largest Core Banking Programs ever undertaken – CBA’s Core Banking Transformation programme. This program provided great experience in all things required to be successful in change - collaboration, communications, leadership, structure and successful milestones along the way. The program overall achieved unprecedented success and has set the client up as an industry leader ever since.

Brid also previously worked with Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) to deliver a new national electronic conveyancing platform which provides an electronic business environment for completing property transactions including electronic lodgment with Land Registries and the settlement of funds. This was a new national initiative developing a world first solution to property exchange.

Why are you passionate about the WPIT Programme?

What an opportunity! I am very excited about working with DHS to transform its interactions with citizens to a world first experience for a government agency. I think of citizens as my family and friends because that is what they are –inevitably myself, my family, my friends will benefit from this transformation.

When I am not working, you will find me…

Hiking the national parks of NSW and doing some sailing on the harbour. I love to finish a week at work (when I can) with a sunset sail on Sydney Harbour with a beer in hand.

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