Jurisdiction: NSW

Get to know the CIO: Richard Host

Richard Host has been Chief Information Officer at Fire & Rescue NSW for the last 8 and a half years and is a member of the NSW ICT Leadership Group.

Prior to his appointment at Fire & Rescue, Host worked at Coca-Cola Amatil. He started his career as an accountant but quickly moved to an IT function.

Key contract: None identified.

Recent tenders: Completed transition of Novell Groupwise to cloud-based Microsoft Office 365....

NSW announces forum aimed at public sector ICT collaboration

The NSW Government has announced an online forum aimed at collecting...

NSW Budget’s big gains for ICT

New South Wales’ Treasurer Andrew Constance has handed down the 2014-15 Budget, his first, following...

SA to improve portal in bid to push open data

South Australia is looking to improve its open data portal, data.sa.gov.au. Currently the Federal, NSW, Queensland, Victorian and ACT governments also operate separate open data portals. The Tasmanian and Western Australian governments only release data relating to land information, and the Northern Territory Government has yet to launch a public sector data directory...

The changing fortunes of the Whole of Government CIO role

Just as a number of Australian jurisdictions are eliminating or downplaying the Whole of Government Chief Information Officer...

Widespread demand for electronic infringement notice capability

Tasmanian Police can now issue infringement tickets with their mobile tablets, using the new Police Infringement Notice System (PINS) app. According to their media release, PINS improves the force’s capacity...

Online tool sought for NSW Police search warrant risk assessment

NSW Police (NSWPF) has released an expression of interest (EOI) for a risk assessment tool, indicating that it will use respondent information to frame a business case to obtain funding for the tool, to be used specifically in relation to search warrants.  The NSWPF wants to “provide a simple, flexible and easy to use online risk assessment tool for Officers.”

The EOI seeks information on availability, capability, functionality and indicative costs for software that must include a:

  • Search Warrant Risk Appreciation Checklist;
  • Control Library (of common controls for treatment options); and
  • Search Warrant Risk Management Register. 

The NSWPF expects the number of users to be close to 6,000 per year...

FRNSW’s new cloud email system “darn good”

Fire and Rescue NSW’s (FRNSW) migration to a cloud-based Microsoft email system, one of the five cloud trials undertaken by the NSW Government in 2013, is complete...

Service NSW EOI attracts 50 respondents

A select number of respondents, chosen from the over 50 companies who responded to the NSW Government’s Registration of Interest (ROI) for the outsourcing of functions of shared service provider, Service NSW will be given...

eHealth NSW appoints first CIO

Michael Walsh has been appointed in the joint role of Chief Executive and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the recently established eHealth NSW.

Walsh has been acting as the Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW while a replacement was sought for Mike Rillstone. Previous to that he was the Director-General of Queensland Health where he was tasked with the payroll remediation project following the disastrous roll-out in 2010...


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