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Just two weeks in, Climate Change CIO whisked across to Resources Department

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As well as a handful of its agency functions, the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (DRET) has also taken on the Chief Information Officer, Matthew Boyley, of the now defunct Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Boyley had been CIO at the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) for just two months when it was announced that the agency would be abolished and its functions redistributed between DRET and the newly created Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE), as of 26 March 2013.

As Department-wide CIO Boyley now answers to the head of the DRET Corporate Services Division, Greg Field, whose team is responsible for providing services, policy and advice on ICT, human resource management, procurement, finance and budget coordination.

Boyley replaces former CIO of DRET, Sam White, who is now serving as Chief Financial Officer.

Boyley’s short-lived appointment as the DCCEE’s CIO in February 2013 gave him responsibility over the Department’s ICT infrastructure and services and IT shared services arrangements.

The role was advertised in November 2012 following the departure of Radi Kovacevic from the position in April, to take up the chief IT role at the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C).

Prior to being appointed CIO, Boyley held the Director of ICT Strategy and Governance position at DCCEE.

According to his Linkedin profile he has had an extensive career in the public sector, filling roles including Director of Business Solutions at the PM&C on 2012-13, and a number of positions at the Australian Federal Police between 2009 and 2012, including:

  • Coordinator of ICT Procurement and Vendor Relations;
  • Manager of ICT Infrastructure; and
  • Coordinator of the ICT Project Management Office.

DIICCSRTE, which now has responsibility over the remaining functions of DCCEE, has retained the bulk of staff from what was previously the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE).

Craig Pennifold, who has been CIO at DIISRTE since 1998, has been appointed to the same position at DIICCSRTE. He currently answers to Steven Kennedy, Deputy Secretary of the eBusiness Division, which is responsible for the provision of ICT services to DIICCSRTE and some shared services to DRET.

The restructuring of staff and internal operations at DRET and DIISRTE was announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 25 March 2013, as part of a machinery of government overhaul which also saw Gary Gray replace Martin Ferguson as Minister for Resources and Energy and for Tourism. Responsibility over the new DIICCSRTE is now shared between Craig Emerson, who was appointed Minster for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, and former Climate Change Minister Greg Combet, who became Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation.

The future of DCCEE’s recent cloud deal with Fujitsu for the hosting of its core business systems is uncertain in the wake of the dispersal of DCCEE functions to two different departments. The $12.8 million deal marked the biggest cloud procurement in the Federal public sector to date and was expected to be in place from June 2013 to December 2017.

The estimated ICT budget for the 2012-13 financial year for DRET is approximately $5.49 million, $35.09 million for DIISRTE and $3.35 million for DCCEE according to Intermedium’s budget IT Online tool.

DRET currently has a three-year memorandum of understanding for the procurement of payroll services with portfolio agency Geoscience Australia for $700,000, due to expire in August 2015.

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