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Bureau of Statistics gets a new CIO

by Paris Cowan •
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After a lengthy recruitment process, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has settled upon a new Chief Information Officer.

Patrick Hadley, a former ICT executive within the Department of Human Services (DHS), has been selected for the position. The date he will formally begin has yet to be confirmed by the agency.

From 2005 to 2008 Hadley was CIO for the Child Support Agency, within the DHS, prior to its integration with Medicare and Centrelink. From 2008, he became the Departmental CIO at DHS, which was a First Assistant Secretary-level position.

Since the Human Services Portfolio integration took place, Hadley has assumed a number of titles within the portfolio, including First Assistant Secretary ICT Enabling Services Division and First Assistant Secretary ICT Integration and Consolidation Division.

When the most recent DHS Annual Report went to print he was serving as General Manager of Strategic Projects within John Wadeson’s ICT Infrastructure branch.

Wadeson has since retired and has been replaced by former ANZ Bank CIO Gary Sterrenberg. Adding to the list of departing DHS ICT executives, the former General Manager of ICT Core Infrastructure within the same branch, Graham Gathercole, has recently moved into the CIO role at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).

The ABS recently announced that it will be looking to offer 50 voluntary redundancies  to staff as a result of the 20 per cent capital budget cut and the application of the 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend in the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO). 

However the ABS has also noted that it only intends to let go of those staff whose “skills ... are not those which will be most needed by the ABS in the future”. With a shortage of ICT staff being felt across the public sector, the ABS may well be inclined to retain employees with these skills.

The Bureau has tended not to use ICT contract staff in the past, according to an analysis of its Labour Hire contracting over the last five years. According to Intermedium’s data, its ICT labour hire contract total for this period is (by comparison with other Tier 2 agencies) a very small $2.4 million, or an average of $480,000 per year.

Chris Duffy has been acting in the CIO role at the ABS since August 2011, when Jenine Borowik was promoted to the position of First Assistant Statistician Integrated Collection and Dissemination Services Division. Prior to this, Borowik had been the CIO (otherwise known as First Assistant Statistician, Technology Services Division) for five years.

Applications for the publically advertised role closed in November last year, and the job description said that the successful candidate could expect a salary between $183,346 and $212,916 (plus superannuation and allowances) per annum.

The job advertisement also said that a major review of the Technology Services Division was due to take place before the end of the 2011-12 financial year.


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