E2: Dr. Warwick Graco – The use of Data Science in Government

Dr. Warwick Graco

Dr Warwick Graco is a senior director in data science at Australian Taxation Office (ATO). He previously worked for what is now called ‘Medicare Australia’ and was manager of a team that built machine-learning and multivariate statistical models to help identify fraud and abuse within Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefit schemes. During his career, he has also worked in Australian Defence Force as an army officer and served in a variety postings including time spent assisting with development and delivery of command support systems . Over the years, he has published a number of papers and other publications involving topics such as defence, strategy and analytics.

Dr Graco has been a practicing data scientist for 26 years. He was previously the convener of the whole Government Data Analytics Centre of Excellence, was a founding member of the Institute of Analytics Professionals-Australia and was a member of the 1st analytics team to be established at a Federal level in the early 1990s.

His current interests include knowledge acquisition, partitioning of populations and digital profiling. He is also interested in management decision making and the different styles of managers.  

In this episode, Warwick shared how data science is applied in government to help with meeting business outcomes. This includes, but not limited to, some of the special task forces setup at the ATO to combat the black economy and serious non-compliance. We also exchanged views on the future of a cashless economy and how it has the potential to increase revenue collection. In addition to the above, he also discussed the use of statistical techniques to identify different classes in the community such as different types of medical practitioners. One point he emphasized is how important it is for organizations, especially governments, to ‘dig the eyes’ out of data in order to improve decision making, to develop effective policies and programs and to deliver services to the community. 

Current Favorite book: The Second Machine Age Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/warwick-graco-4a27044/

Publish papers:

YouTube Video: Data Mining in Public Sector

Past Presentation:

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