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New Victorian Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Department seeks CIO

by Pallavi Singhal •
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The Victorian Government’s new Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), which will likely have significant ICT responsibilities stemming from its oversight of the industry, and small business, innovation and trade portfolios, is looking for a Chief Information Officer (CIO).

The Department, established on 1 January 2015, is effectively an amalgamation of the former ICT-focused Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI), the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

It is billed as one of the largest of the Andrews Government’s seven new departments, with its service environment extending to around 4,000 desktops and 2,000 mobile devices across 100 locations. The ICT division will be comprised of 80 agency staff, with inputs from external agencies and contractors.

The successful candidate will “lead the development and leadership of the organisation’s ICT service division”, including the implementation of enterprise-wide systems. The job advertisement and included position description emphasises aims of achieving sustainability and cost-effectiveness, as well as stimulating innovation and service.

“Highly regarded as a business focused ICT executive, you have the ability to support organisational needs through using ICT as a key enabler,” states the job advertisement.

“Having achieved significant outcomes in a highly complex environment, you bring a strong focus on stakeholder management and are up for a challenge, leading one of Victoria’s largest Department’s ICT service division.”

Prior to the January Machinery of Government changes, DSDBI had whole-of-government ICT responsibility, with oversight of the Office of the Chief Technology Advocate and responsibility for the whole-of-government shared services provider CenITex. It received $6 million in funding for the transformation of CenITex, and $9.5 million for the VicConnect telecommunications procurement strategy in the 2014-15 State Budget.

DSDBI made a number of approaches to the market for agency-specific and whole-of-government ICT procurements in 2014, including a move towards a ‘choose your own device’ policy under a hardware procurement panel. The former department was also responsible for the development of the State’s 2014-15 ICT Strategy and the delivery of many of its key tenets.

Although the new DEDJTR has yet to make any ICT-specific announcements, it is possible that it will assume the previous DSDBI’s whole-of-government technology procurement functions due to its inheritance of some of the former department’s portfolio areas.

It is also possible this function may be retained by the Department of Treasury and Finance, where it was transferred after the change of government.

DEDJTR has portfolio responsibility for:

  • Industry;
  • Small Business, Innovation and Trade;
  • Creative Industries;
  • Employment;
  • Public Transport;
  • Energy and Resources;
  • Roads;
  • Regional Development;
  • Tourism and Major Events;
  • Ports; and
  • Agriculture.

However, whole-of-government digital policy and shared services are likely to be managed primarily by the Department of Treasury and Finance, which has taken over responsibility for CenITex from DSDBI, and the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), which houses the new Public Sector IT and Digital Transformation Branch.

Victoria recently announced that the outsourcing of CenITex has been put on hold following the change of government in November 2014, with an ongoing review into shared government services.

It also announced the departure of the state’s inaugural whole-of-government Chief Technology Advocate Grantly Mailes from the role, with no visible plans to find a replacement. The Public Sector IT and Digital Transformation Branch, which was overseen by Mailes, will now report directly to DPC Deputy Secretary Kym Peake.

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