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NSW Department of Finance and Services on the look-out for a CIO

by Paris Cowan •
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The NSW Department of Finance and Services (DFS) is looking to make a permanent appointment to its Chief Information Officer role, which oversees a $158 million ICT Budget and which will be responsible for the development and implementation of a new departmental ICT Strategy.

The successful applicant will sign a contract of up to five years duration, and will attract a salary between $247,301 and $285,300 per annum.

Malcolm Freame has been acting in the position since August 2010, according to his LinkedIn profile, and will assumedly be able to re-apply.

The CIO will lead all aspects of ICT service delivery for DFS, including analysis of Departmental ICT performance, contract management and the granting of expenditure approval from a $158 million ICT Budget that includes $85 million in operational expenditure; $50 million in capital expenditure; and $23 million in staff costs.

The successful applicant will have eight staff answering directly to him or her and another 120 answering indirectly.  The Department employs a total 6,800 staff and has an annual expenditure of approximately $3.3 billion.

In the 2011-12 Budget, released in September of last year, $338.8 million worth of ICT capital was allocated to the Department, $17 million of which was for new initiatives. $90.5 million was earmarked for expenditure in 2011-12. 

Past ICT capital allocations include $141.2 million for Information System Enhancements to be spent between 2001 and 2015, $36.6 million of which remains.

The NSW Budget for 2012-13 will be brought down on 12 June 2012.

The CIO role falls under the Corporate Services Division at DFS, and the successful applicant will answer directly to the Deputy Director-General in charge of this division, John Hubby, who previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Juvenile Justice.  DFS is also looking for a permanent Chief Financial Officer to work within the Corporate Services division.  Sajeev George is currently acting in this role.

The selected CIO will also represent DFS on the NSW ICT Leadership Group, which is charged with advising the ICT Board on matters pertaining to the implementation of the recently released Government-wide ICT Strategy.

With regard to its whole-of-government ICT policy responsibilities, DFS has just closed applications for three senior roles answering to Executive Director of ICT Policy William Murphy, specifically:

  • Director, Strategy, ICT Policy
  • Director, Governance, ICT Policy
  • Director, ICT Services, ICT Policy

Applications for the CIO position close on Tuesday 12 June.

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