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New IT chief for restructured Environment Department

by Pallavi Singhal •
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Victoria’s recently restructured environment department has appointed a new ICT chief.

The establishment of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) was announced by Premier Denis Napthine in April 2013, as part of broader machinery of government changes that followed his ascendancy to the Premiership. The reformed Department brings together the land and water management and primary industries functions of the former Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The Energy and Resources portfolio has been transferred to the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation.

Following the restructure, former Department of Sustainability and Environment CIO Bruce Thompson was promoted to the role of Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services at DEPI.

Claire Foo has permanently stepped into the vacated position leading the Department’s ICT functions, becoming Executive Director of Information Services and Technology, according to a spokesperson for DEPI. Foo will answer directly to Thompson.

She previously held the role of Manager Business Operations, Spatial Information Infrastructure (SII) at the Victorian Spatial Council. SII is responsible for managing Victoria’s fundamental spatial information and DEPI’s corporate spatial information resources.

In her new role, Foo will oversee an estimated ICT operating & capital budget of approximately $58.2 million for 2013-14 at DEPI, according to Intermedium’s breakdown of the most recent round of budget releases.

She will take on projects such as the $23.5 million Project 000 Response initiative that is due for completion in mid-2015, and the $14.7 million system for enhanced farm services project, which is also expected to be completed by mid-2015.

DEPI has also received $3.9 million in past budgets for the improvement of its flood warning system. The web-based Flood Intelligence Platform will increase flood prediction and risk assessment capabilities.

Other recently completed ICT programs at the Department include the Business Systems Reform Project, systems replacements of the fisheries catch and effort data information system and advanced computing for biological and farm systems research.

Meanwhile, former Department of Primary Industries CIO Gordon Caris has moved to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) as Director, Information and Knowledge Management according to his Linkedin profile. He will lead the establishment of the Department’s “new information and knowledge management function”. The troubled Ultranet project underpins DEECD’s current knowledge management framework.

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