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CASA’s new CIO takes flight

by David Shi •
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Seven months after the start of the recruitment process, a new Chief Information Officer (CIO) has landed at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

The new CIO, Jamie MacGregor, is more than familiar with the trials and tribulations of Federal Government ICT, having served at no less than six Federal agencies prior to his latest appointment.

MacGregor is also familiar with the inside of a cockpit, and holds a commercial pilot’s licence, according to a CASA spokesperson.

MacGregor was a one time Assistant General Manager of Infrastructure and Telecommunications at the Department of Human Services (DHS), making him the latest in a string of former DHS IT executives to have been appointed to CIO positions at other Federal Government agencies of late.

The new Australian Bureau of Statistics CIO, Patrick Hadley, is a former ICT executive from DHS, who held a number of positions including departmental CIO prior to the integration with Centrelink and Medicare.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s (DAFF) recently appointed CIO, Graham Gathercole, is also a former DHS executive, having once held the position of General Manager of ICT Core Infrastructure.

MacGregor has previously worked within the following Federal agencies:

  • Australian Federal Police;
  • Department of Defence;
  • Australian Customs and Border Protection Service;
  • Department of Education, Science and Training (now the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations); and
  • Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources (now the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism).

During his time as the CIO of the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), MacGregor oversaw the transition between the effective outsourcing of the Department’s IT infrastructure, from the then Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, to in-house management from within DEST itself. He was also responsible for the consolidation of the Department’s various applications onto a common Windows server environment.

CASA currently outsources its ICT managed services from ASG under an $8 million agreement that was signed in April 2009. Whilst the contract is due to expire in April 2012, three two year extension options remain.

As reported previously by Intermedium, CASA has been on the hunt for a new CIO since July 2011. CASA’s former IT Applications Manager, Tim Mackey, held the position temporarily until the appointment of MacGregor in February 2012. The agency’s last permanent CIO, Simon Denby, left the position after being promoted to a senior advisory position within the Office of the CASA Director.  

As CASA’s new CIO, MacGregor will be responsible for the implementation of the agency’s corporate plan set by the Director, developing and implementing a new strategy for CASA’s IT and knowledge management activities and developing an IT and knowledge management infrastructure that enables timely data retrieval.

According to CASA’s 2010-11 Annual Report, the agency initiated several major IT projects in 2010-11, which will fall under MacGregor’s oversight, including:

  • The replacement of CASA’s HR and financial management information systems;
  • The replacement for the Aviation Industry Regulatory System (AIRS);
  • The purchase and ongoing integration of a new data management tool, EMPIC-EAP.

Another project that would fall under the responsibility of CASA’s new CIO is the agency’s upcoming Unified Telecommunications project. In December 2011, CASA released an RFT for the project, which would see the agency’s current PABX-based communication systems being replaced with a new VOIP system.

Tender applications for the project are due by 27 February 2012, with delivery to commence mid 2012.     


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