The Department of Finance and Deregulation has appointed Rozanne Frost, currently the General Manager of IT at the telecommunications provider TransACT, as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Frost will replace outgoing CIO Graham Fry. Paul Stokoe has been acting in the position, which heads up the Chief Information Officer Division of the Chief Operating Officer group at the Department, since Fry’s departure earlier this year.
She will be responsible for the management of ICT supporting all of the functions of the Department and its 1,946 staff.
According to Intermedium’s Analyse IT tool, Finance signed $75.5 million worth of ICT contracts in the 2010-11 financial year, including a $24 million contract with SAP for the provision of software for the redevelopment of the Central Budget Management System.
In 2009-10 it spent $53.8 million on ICT contracts.
The position is not to be confused with that of the Australian Government CIO, Ann Steward, who also sits within the Department of Finance. As the GCIO, Steward oversees the deployment of ICT at a whole-of-government level.
Prior to joining TransACT, Frost was the CIO at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), a position she assumed in 2003.
At the CSIRO, she was responsible for the formation of a single IT unit out of the consolidation of 22 corporate services divisions.
Before that she was the vendor manager for the IBM outsourcing contract at the former Health Insurance Commission, which is now Medicare within the Department of Human Services.
Prior to joining the public service, Frost held a range of IT roles across BHP. Across a term of nearly 25 years, she worked her way up from a position as a computer programmer to be second in charge of the company’s infrastructure services division.
Once she commences her role at Finance, Frost will take on responsibility for a series of major projects and procurement reforms being run by the Department.
Finance is currently managing a comprehensive redevelopment of the Central Budget Management System (CBMS) which tracks spending and budget reporting across the Federal Government. Intermedium has recently reported that the Department has spent $60 million on the project so far.
Finance has also recently invited tenders from companies interested in joining a portfolio wide panel for the procurement of ICT Services, Commercial off the Shelf Software and Hardware. While the panel will be managed by Finance, it will also be available for the use of the Australian Electoral Commission, ComSuper and the Future Fund Management Agency.
At a recent industry briefing, Finance officials said that they estimated between $20 million and $30 million worth of procurement would go through the panel over a three year term.
Frost is also the President of Working Wonders, a charity organisation that assists women with appropriate clothes for job interviews, that they may not be able to resource themselves.