The search for a new Chief Information Officer at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has begun, as the six month contract of its first ever CIO draws to a close.
According to CIO Australia, the DPC’s current CIO, Emily Morgan, was appointed in January 2012 to a six month temporary position. A CIO position did not exist at the agency prior to Morgan’s appointment.
The position sits within the Corporate Services Branch of the DPC, and will report directly to John Clark, the Assistant Director General Corporate Services.
There has already been significant new blood introduced to the ranks of top-level CIOs in the NSW Government since the Coalition Government was formed in April 2010. Chris Robson has become the first CIO at NSW Police, Tim Hume has replaced Kerry Holling at Family and Community Services (FACS), and Transport for NSW advertised for a Group General Manager ICT (CIO) for the Transport cluster in March, but couldn’t confirm whether the successful applicant would replace current cluster CIO John Thomas.
According the job posting, the incoming CIO will coordinate the gradual changes to DPC and other cluster agency systems required to continue the move to ServiceFirst, under the Corporate and Shared Services Reform Program. The transition is expected to be run in a way that “minimises disruption to business and support staff through the change process”.
The successful candidate will also take on a push towards greater IT and information management integration across the Department and Ministerial and Parliamentary Services and will be expected to collaborate with ServiceFirst across a range of IT functions.
At a cluster level, the CIO will be responsible for, “designing and implementing a strategic IM&T solution for the DPC cluster that establishes an appropriate balance between shared, strategic and agency based services,” says the job description.
The DPC cluster encompasses 32 agencies and two departments including the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, the NSW Electoral Commission and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
In 2011, the DPC upgraded and installed a number of new IT solutions, including a new VOIP telephone system, an upgraded website with improved search functionality and a new content management system. The Department also commenced the pilot phase of a new Electronic Document and Records Management system, based on the Objective application.
The DPC was also responsible for roll-out of the Corporate and Shared Services Reform Program until the O’Farrell Government reallocated this role to the Department of Finance and Services in April 2011, as part of a range of Machinery of Government changes.
All applications for the new CIO position will close on 4 June 2012.