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Australian Crime Commission begins manhunt for permanent CIO

by Pallavi Singhal •
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The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has officially begun its search for a permanent Chief Information Officer to lead its ICT environment.

“The CIO will drive the ACC’s innovation agenda including investment prioritisation, technology vision and advanced analytics in order to continually improve the productivity of the organisation,” according to the job description.

The successful candidate will lead the ACC’s information technology branch and be at the top of the ICT governance structure, with responsibility over “a diverse group of technology and information specialists”.

In addition, the CIO will also oversee the “strategic development of ICT including long term investment strategies”.

The ACC does not currently have a specific ICT Strategy, and makes minimum reference to IT aims and deliverables in its Strategic Plan 2010-13.

Other responsibilities for the incoming CIO include:

  • Efficient management of the delivery of ICT services and infrastructure for the ACC and partner agencies;
  • Providing expert advice to the ACC Executive;
  • Participation in ACC governance forums; and
  • Representing the ACC at Government and industry forums.

The CIO role was created at the ACC in 2007, with the appointment of Joseph Stablum. However, following Stablum’s departure from the role in 2009, ACC opted to appoint a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) rather than advertising for a replacement CIO.

The CTO role is currently held by Narelle Lovett, who was appointed to the position in May 2013 following the departure of long-time CTO Andrew Cann.

The need for a CIO was reiterated in 2012, with Maria Milosavljevic currently appointed to the role on a temporary basis.

The decision to appoint a permanent CIO comes at a time when technological program work and the development of complex systems are at the top of ACC’s agenda. The Commission is currently at the centre of ongoing technology projects to enhance information and data sharing capabilities between agencies and across Australian jurisdictions.

ACC manages both the Australian Criminal Intelligence Database (ACID) and the Australian Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (ALEIN), which provide law enforcement agencies with cross-jurisdictional access to a shared repository of criminal intelligence.

The ACC-led National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability and National Criminal Intelligence Model and Strategy are also key components of the information sharing program, according to the latest ACC annual report.

In addition, the ACC is involved in CrimTrac’s development of an Australian Ballistics Identification Network, which received budget funding of $4.5 million in 2013-14.

The ACC’s extensive list of partner agencies includes:

  • The Australian Federal Police;
  • Australian Customs and Border Protection Service;
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
  • NSW Crime Commission; and
  • State and Territory police agencies.

Applications for the CIO position close on 25 September 2013.

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