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CIO sought for NSW compensation agencies

by David Shi •
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In addition to losing its Chief Executive and Chair, the NSW Compensation Authorities Staff Division (CASD) has been forced to advertise for a new Chief Information Officer following the departure of the agency’s previous head of ICT.

Citing privacy concerns, an agency spokesperson said she was unable name the former CIO, or comment on the reasons for his or her departure.

However the vacancy emerged just as the Minister for Finance Greg Pearce announced the resignation of WorkCover board Chairman, Greg McCarthy and CEO Lisa Hunt, as well as the NSW Government’s intention to launch a restructure of the body.

Formed in July 2009 as part of the NSW Government's creation of Principal Agencies, CASD is a cluster of the following state government agencies:

  • WorkCover Authority of NSW
  • Dust Diseases Board
  • Lifetime Care and Support Authority
  • Motor Accidents Authority
  • Sporting Injuries Committee

The CIO position, which is currently under review by the CASD, will oversee the technical environment of CASD and all agencies under its authority.

“IT underpins virtually all of the operations of CASD and its agencies,” said the job advertisement.

“This position leads, plans, directs and manages all aspects of Information Communication Technology service delivery for the Compensation Authorities Staff Division,” it said.

The CIO will work within CASD Corporate and Shared Services (CASD CASS), which presently sits within WorkCover NSW. CASD CASS provides IT, Finance and HR services for the Division and all its agencies. 

They will be responsible for developing and implementing each CASD agency’s associated ICT Strategic Plan, as well as managing the Division’s IT budget and ICT related projects.

In addition, the CIO will be in charge of an operating budget of $19.9 and a staff budget of $11 million and oversee the delivery of $6 million in capital projects.

The incoming CIO will also be expected “to take advantage of opportunities to improve the technical operation and efficiency of CASD’s information systems.”

Owing to this shared corporate environment, IT may remain unaffected by the integration of the CASD agencies, which has been proposed by the Finance Minister as a solution to organisational issues.

“One of the possible reform options, developed by Mr McCarthy, includes merging WorkCover and the four other compensation authorities - the Motor Accidents Authority, Dust and Diseases Tribunal, Sporting Injuries Committee and Lifetime Care and Support Authority to achieve savings,” he said in statement.

“There was a need to reform WorkCover and the government will now move to press ahead with the reforms under a new leadership team,” he said.

In other IT related projects, WorkCover released an open tender in November 2011 for a $2 million Case Management System on behalf of the Dust Disease Board, citing inadequacies and serious shortcomings of the agency’s current system. The open tender process closed on 27 January 2011.


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