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CIO changes at Industry and Attorney-General’s Department

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Department of Industry CIO Craig Pennifold has left the position amidst a wider restructuring of the Department’s ICT divisions.

CIO at the Attorney General’s Department Jane Bailey has also departed from the role.

Both departments have indicated that they will fill the recently-vacated positions internally. This would be in line with the Federal Government’s freeze on external recruitment to meet its target of cutting the public service by 12,000 employees through natural attrition.

“APS departments and agencies have been advised that recruitment activity underway is to cease, unless an offer has already been made to a suitable candidate,” according to the new recruitment arrangements.

A spokesperson for the Department of Industry has confirmed that Pennifold is departing from the CIO role, and will be replaced by Greg Field.

“Mr Greg Field has taken the role of CIO,” said the spokesperson. “Mr Field, from the former Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, is moving to the Department of Industry as part of the Government’s recent Machinery of Government changes.”

The change is part of a broader organisation restructure that came into effect on 4 November 2013 and has seen the recruitment of former CIO of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism Matthew Boyley as General Manager, ICT Engagement Branch.

Boyley was previously CIO at the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism since March 2013 and CIO at the short-lived Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency from February to March 2013.

Industry’s ICT Engagement Branch is responsible for front-line service delivery, ICT strategy governance, enterprise architecture and the management of ICT shared services arrangements between Industry, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Education, according to the eBusiness Division Business Plan 2013-14.

The Branch’s former General Manager Mike Sibly has been appointed in the same position at Industry’s VANguard and Infrastructure Branch, replacing Trish Porter.

Management of the remaining two ICT branches is unchanged, with Neil Kinsella continuing as General Manager, ICT Systems and Colin Roberts as General Manager, ICT Operations.

Major priorities outlined in the ICT division’s 2013-14 Business Plan include:

  • The implementation of Virtual Desktop capability within a Windows 7 environment;
  • Enhancing mobile and remote access capability;
  • The establishment of a new Disaster Recovery site and improvements to the Department’s internet gateway;
  • Investigating cloud technologies; and
  • Remediating the Oracle platform and deciding on “further investment”.

Industry will also continue to provide a number of ICT services at the whole-of-government level, including VANguard authentication services, infrastructure support for the portal and SmartForms, according to its 2012-13 annual report.

The Department of Industry took over most functions of the former Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education following Machinery of Government changes in September 2013. Climate change functions have been transferred to the Department of the Environment and tertiary education has been moved to the Department of Education.

The Attorney-General’s Department has also confirmed the departure of CIO Jane Bailey, who plans to officially retire in mid-2014 but has commenced a period of leave prior to this.

Joann Corcoran, “a current employee of AGD”, is acting in the position, according to a spokesperson from the Department.

“The position was filled temporarily from internal candidates, pending any recruitment decisions which may be made in the future.”

Corcoran was formerly in the role of Assistant Secretary at the Department’s Innovation Service and Delivery Branch.

A recently advertised position for an ICT Operations Manager at the Branch has been withdrawn since the Government’s recruitment freeze.

“On 31 October 2013, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, announced interim recruiting arrangements for the Australian Public Service. As a result of these arrangements this vacancy has been withdrawn and applications will not be assessed,” states the amended notice.

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