De Brenni appointed QLD tech minister
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has appointed Mick de Brenni as the state’s Minister for Digital Technology.
The newly appointed Digital Technology minister will now directly oversee the state’s IT function, which was previously administered under the innovation portfolio.
As part of the restructure, following the return of the Labor government in last November's election, de Brenni will now oversee IT across Queensland’s public sector, a role previously served by former Minister for Innovation, Science and Digital economy, Leeanne Enoch.
In addition to his new role, de Brenni will continue to serve as Queensland’s Minister for Sport and Minister for Housing and Public Works.
Enoch recently delivered Queensland’s first whole-of-government digital strategy, tasked with delivering a more “personalised” experience for its online services users.
This “digital first” approach will continue to reduce the time Queenslanders are spending in queues filling out paperwork, she said.
“Hundreds of government services still need you to spend time out of your day to visit a counter with a form and ID when you want to apply for things like a licence, vehicle permits, or land tax payments,” Enoch said.
“Taking a digital approach means getting more services online and enabling Queenslanders to only have to prove their identity once. Transforming these everyday services will mean time-savings for Queenslanders, as well as government employees.”