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New CIO joins FaHCSIA

by Paris Cowan •
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The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has taken just two months to select Peter Qui from a field of candidates vying to be the agency’s new Chief Information Officer.

Qui will leave his role as Acting General Manager of Employment, Families, Child Support and Older Australians Systems at the Department of Human Services (DHS) where he answered directly to CIO Gary Sterrenberg, to become the ICT chief at FaHCSIA.

The selection confirms that the CIO Group at DHS is emerging as a rich source of Federal CIOs. In the past year alone three of its alumni have been awarded top IT roles at medium-sized agencies, including:

  • Jamie MacGregor, who joined the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA);
  • Patrick Hadley, who joined the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS); and
  • Graham Gathercole, who joined the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

FaHCSIA began advertising the vacancy in June this year, with applications closing on 9 July.

Qui’s role will be at the SES 2 level, leading the Information Management and Technology division and answering directly to Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Felicity Hand. He takes over from Donna Moody who at the beginning of August was filling a dual role as the head of both the Information Management and Technology division and the Operational Strategy and Performance division.

According to the job advertisement, Qui will have a strong remit for change upon joining FaHCSIA, something that he will be more than familiar with thanks to his role in the restructure of the DHS.

“Applicants for this position will have strong leadership skills and extensive experience leading major ICT change with the capacity to integrate and align IT to achieve business objectives.

“The role has a focus on data, information and performance to better meet current and future business requirements,” the advertisement.

Intermedium’s Analyse IT tool identifies $79.9 million worth of ICT contracts signed by FaHCSIA in the 2010-11 financial year, including a $28 million telecommunications managed services deal with Telstra that will take it out to 2014.

Meanwhile, CrimTrac’s Darin Brumby has found himself at the opposite end of his term as a Federal Government CIO. He has left the public service altogether to join research house Gartner. He had served as CIO at the data sharing authority CrimTrac for just over two years, where he was one of just two executives answering directly to CEO Doug Smith.

A spokesperson for CrimTrac has advised that Vicky Green is currently the acting CIO and that the position will be advertised in the coming weeks.

To keep up to date with the issues that are important to Australian public sector CIOs, keep an eye out for the launch of Intermedium’s Get to Know the CIO series, coming soon.

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  • Federal
  • Human Services
  • CrimTrac
  • Darin Brumby
  • DHS
  • Donna Moody
  • Graham Gathercole
  • Jamie MacGregor
  • Patrick Hadley
  • Peter Qui
  • Telstra
  • Vicky Green