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Digital Victoria formally stood up but still waiting for new CEO - News Byte

by Angel Jemmett •
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Victoria has been going through a recruitment process to fill the top role at Digital Victoria since May 2021.

The announcement of who has won the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) should happen any time now given the agency was formally stood up on 1 July 2021 and has been part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s organisation chart since April 2021.

The CEO’s job description, listing a range of complex, large-scale digital and technology projects was published by Government Services Minister, Danny Pearson. The CEO will be responsible for delivering Whole of-Government (WofG) IT reforms, programs, services, and initiatives.

The CEO will report to the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) Secretary, Jeremi Moule. The job has a salary range of $360,001-$479,900 and is offered as a three-year contract.

Vivien Allimonos is acting in the role.  She otherwise holds the position of Deputy Secretary at DPC, leading the Cabinet, Communication and Corporate group.

Digital Victoria was announced as a new initiative in the State’s delayed 2019-20 Budget. It will get $195.9 million over the next four years, including $6.2 million in 2021-22, to streamline the government’s IT services and drive digital transformation.

Lisa Tepper (Digital Strategy & Transformation), John O’Driscoll (Cyber Security), Jithma Beneragama (Digital Design & Innovation) and Louise Salter (Victorian Centre for Data Insights) currently fill the Executive Director (or equivalent) roles that will report to the CEO.

So What?

Victoria appears set to make significant progress on the digital transformation front with Digital Victoria formally kicked off as of 1 July 2021, and significant funding made available.  First priorities for the new CEO and his or her team will presumably be the replacement of the expired Victorian Government Information Technology Strategy and the publication of the replacement to the  2016-2020 Cyber Security Strategy. While the new cyber strategy was announced in the 2021-22 Budget, it has not yet been publicly released.

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