Digital transformation is an ongoing journey that requires organisations to be digitally fit and agile, according to Steve Hodgkinson, the Chief Digital Officer at Victoria Police.

In a recent interview, Steve shared valuable insights into the key principles and priorities guiding digital transformation initiatives at Victoria Police.

This article delves into Steve’s recommendations, exploring the importance of digital fitness, continuous innovation, aligned financial planning, and security by design.

Join us as we uncover the strategies and challenges involved in driving digital transformation within a complex organisation like Victoria Police.


Emphasising Digital Fitness for Ongoing Transformation

Steve Hodgkinson highlights the significance of digital fitness as a crucial component of successful digital transformation.

Traditionally, organisations have treated digital initiatives as one-time events, akin to a marathon with a specific end date.

However, in the ever-evolving digital landscape, sustained transformation is the new norm. Steve stresses the need to up the speed and cadence of project delivery to meet the demands of a dynamic environment.

Digital fitness enables organisations to deliver more projects, more efficiently, over shorter time frames, ultimately fuelling continuous innovation.


Stepwise Incremental Continuous Innovation: Learning and Adapting

Rejecting the notion of sudden transformation leaps, Steve champions stepwise incremental continuous innovation as the way forward.

Large organisations thrive on learning from what works and what doesn’t.

By increasing the rate at which they learn and implementing more successful initiatives, organisations can navigate complex challenges more effectively.

This approach encourages a culture of innovation that embraces continuous improvement, minimising failures, and maximising outcomes.


Aligning Financial Planning for Effective Project Execution

To ensure successful digital transformation, Steve highlights the importance of aligning financial planning with strategic goals.

Rather than allowing dispersed activities and competing priorities to hinder progress, organisations should centralise funding.

This approach encourages planned and orchestrated processes, driven by aggregated demand.

By assigning budgets to priority projects and adopting a high cadence, agile delivery model, organisations can foster innovation and achieve meaningful outcomes.


Security by Design: Prioritising Information Security

Amid growing concerns over cyber threats and privacy risks, Steve emphasises the criticality of security by design. Victoria Police deals with sensitive information that, if compromised, could have severe consequences.

By integrating security considerations right from the beginning of the product development lifecycle, organisations can ensure that security becomes an inherent part of their digital strategy.

Establishing security patterns, architectures, and templates as the default approach enables a robust and secure environment.

Furthermore, automating security processes through DevSecOps practices ensures that speed and security go hand in hand.


Overcoming Challenges: Nurturing Digital Mojo and Confidence

Driving digital transformation is a long-term endeavour that requires nurturing digital mojo and building confidence within the organisation.

Steve acknowledges that the journey towards sustainable digital innovation takes time, spanning multiple budget cycles.

It is essential to rebuild employees’ belief in the value of digital initiatives and instil a sense of purpose.

Celebrating small wins, fostering a culture of continuous learning, and demonstrating the tangible benefits of digital transformation are vital to reigniting the digital mojo within the organisation.



Victoria Police’s Chief Digital Officer, Steve Hodgkinson, offers valuable insights into the path to successful digital transformation.

By prioritising digital fitness, stepwise incremental continuous innovation, aligned financial planning, and security by design, organisations can navigate the complexities of the digital landscape.

Building a resilient, sustainable, and agile approach enables organisations to achieve meaningful outcomes and maintain a competitive edge.

With the right strategies and a focus on continuous improvement, organisations can embrace the digital future and overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

Peter Hind Principal Research Analyst
Peter Hind has spent the last 25 years as an analyst and commentator on the ICT industry. He says his primary areas... More

Peter Hind has spent the last 25 years as an analyst and commentator on the ICT industry. He says his primary areas of interest are the potential of technology to transform the way organisations operate, the change management obstacles executives encounter in realising this potential and the tactics and techniques leaders have deployed to overcome these difficulties.

Peter now takes on multiple roles within ADAPT including the moderation of private events and roundtables, interviewing business executives about the strategies they are pursuing and assisting with the structuring of our delegate surveys and the interrogation and analysis of ADAPT’s treasure trove of end-user and C-level data

Steve Hodgkinson Chief Digital Officer at Victoria Police
Steve has been the CIO of the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services since 2014. He leads a team of 220... More

Steve has been the CIO of the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services since 2014. He leads a team of 220 staff and delivers projects totalling $60-80M p.a. He is a member of the Victorian Governement’s Cybersecurity Strategy Group.

In 2018, Steve was ranked #2 in Australia’s CIO50 list, made a Fellow by IPAA Victoria and Overall Champion in the #TechDiversity Awards (for the Rise at DHHS program).

In 2017, Steve was ranked #7 in Australia’s CIO50 list and State & Local Government CIO of the Year in the ITNews Benchmark Awards.

He was previously the global Chief Analyst Public Sector for the UK-based research and advisory services firm Ovum for 8 years.

Before that he was the Director eGovernment Strategy & Policy and Deputy CIO for the Victorian State government in Melbourne.

Steve had earlier founded and sold an e-commerce company,, and worked in a range of executive and consulting roles in the government and utility sectors in Europe and Australasia.

He is a graduate of the ANZSOG Executive Fellows program and the AICD Company Directors course, has a doctorate in Management Studies from the University of Oxford and also a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Specialties: Steve is a strategy professional, with skills in “seeing the wood from the trees” in the technology landscape. He is an excellent communicator who can engage business and IT audiences. He is insightful, and able to “join the dots” in practical and meaningful ways to reveal trends and define practical strategic choices and directions. In executive roles he has a demonstrated track record in leading digital transformation in large scale complex organisations.