Dominello in talks to take a national role on digital

James Riley
Editorial Director

  1. Cyrus Lesser 10 months ago

    Dominello is a rare visionary and he has runs on the board. The Service NSW app is the envy of the world. It’s achievement that counts and Dominello has achieved more in his time in the portfolio than anyone else. The Feds are very smart to be looking to him for advice. If he can turn the MyGov white elephant into something as useful at the national level as ServiceNSW app is in NSW, he will be lauded for his greatness. Cheap shots at his background are more than churlish.

    • Digital Koolaid 10 months ago

      Hi Cyrus. Bill Shorten is a lawyer too. He studied Arts + Law. Sydney uni has Arts + Law and Commerce + Law. It has a Health + Law degree and (to my surprise) a Science + Law stream. But neither VB nor BS took that stream. Perhaps you agree. I’d rather see educated, qualified people leading the way. Lawyers just aren’t up to the job. They have strengths in other areas and should stick to their own field. We don’t get jobs in the Law, because we aren’t qualified in the Law. QED

  2. Tom Tomlin 10 months ago

    Victor Dominello, working with Mike Baird and Dominic Perrottet (technology, politics and finance) conceived, architected and delivered the single biggest and most successful digital transformation project in Australian history through their work at Service NSW. There is not a shadow of doubt that Dominello is the most effective, most clued-up, informed, visionary and technology (and data utilisation) savvy politician in Australian politics by a country mile …. and I have never voted Liberal/Conservative in my life, the man’s brilliant, get him signed up.

  3. Digital Koolaid 10 months ago

    Awesome! We need more lawyers “making a difference” in digital. VD was educated at Holy Spirit School (North Ryde) and Marist College (Eastwood). He went on to study law at Macquarie University. In 1991, he was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia after taking the solicitor’s admission board examinations. In 1994, Dominello commenced employment with Etheringtons Solicitors of North Sydney, and in 2000 became a partner. You can’t hold such awesome “digital rail gauge” talent back. Huh?

    • Digital Koolaid 10 months ago

      I remembered that old joke – How many lawyers does it take to change a lightbulb?

      Such number as may be deemed necessary to perform the stated task in a timely and efficient manner within the strictures of the following agreement: Whereas the party of the first part, also known as “Lawyer”, and the party of the second part, also known as “Light Bulb”, do hereby and forthwith agree to a transaction wherein the party of the second part (Light Bulb) shall be removed from the current position as a result of failure to perform previously agreed upon duties, i. e., the lighting, elucidation, and otherwise illumination of the area ranging from the front (north) door, through the entryway, terminating at an area just inside the primary living area, demarcated by the beginning of the carpet, any spillover illumination being at the option of the party of the second part (Light Bulb) and not required by the aforementioned agreement between the parties. hxxps://

    • Mark Toomey 10 months ago

      Tom Tomlin is correct. But how well will a solo part of that team go? There were instances during that transformation where the top executives had to be dragged kicking and screaming (in fear of their cushy jobs) into the future where technology enabled change means wholesale business change. It is only when there is significant change to the machinery of government, taking out inefficiencies of the manual era – the paved cowpaths of first, second and third generation IT systems, that real benefits emerge. Dominello will need a huge amount of power and backing from every minister, including the PM. If he is just appointed to the frequently tried role of Government CIO, or head of the DTA, he will fail.

      It’s a governance problem – focusing on human behaviour, at the top levels.

    • Whataboutism - 9 months ago

      Yeah, but what about the runs on the board Dominello already boasts? He’s not just a lawyer anymore, but an experience politician who gets things done – his achievements are clear.

      What do you bring besides the Digital Koolaid to poison us all with?

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