Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig last week announced the resignation of Centrelink CEO Jeff Whalan. After 3.5 years in the role, Jeff Whalan leaves at a time of change for the agency.
Jeff Whalan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Centrelink in December 2004. He has been a Senior Executive in the Australian and State governments since 1990. He will depart next month.
Centrelink is one of the largest Federal agencies in terms of IT spending. In 2006-07 it was ranked 3rd in terms of contract value. With contracts worth approximately $330m in 2006-07, Centrelink represented almost 10% of total Federal ICT procurement, by value. As a large, dispersed transaction agency, telecommunications represents approximately one third of the agency’s IT spend.
Centrelink is one of the agencies that has been most affected by the Rudd Government’s razor gang. About 2,000 workers will be made redundant and Centrelink’s budget was cut by more than $50 million in this week’s budget.
At the same time, Centrelink was one of the beneficiaries of the 2008 Budget. The Government allocated an extra $13.3 million next year to Centrelink's IT Refresh project.
Jeff Whalan's resignation comes at a time of some uncertainty within the Human Services portfolio. Child Support Agency has recently been subsumed by the Department, and there is speculation that Medicare will also be brought into the fold.