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Office of State Revenue seeks to replace headhunted CIO

by Paris Cowan •
Free resource

The NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR) is on the lookout for a new Chief Information Officer, after the previous position-holder, David Kennedy, was poached by Communities NSW earlier this month.

The OSR needs someone to head up their 75 person Information Services Division, and manage the Division’s $17 million budget. The agency is seeking a new CIO with a proven track record leading large teams and tertiary qualifications in information management, business management or equivalent experience.

“The successful applicant will have a deep appreciation of the possibilities (sic) of technology to improve service and efficiency.  The focus will be on the practical application of technology to improve the organisation's business outcomes in line with its strategic goals,” reads the position advertisement.

One of the major service improvement projects that Kennedy has left behind at the OSR is a major modernisation of the agency’s RECOUPS core taxation system. The RECOUPS system was originally launched in 1996, as a revenue collection and information system that could be accessed through the OSR’s first public-facing website.

The overhaul began in 2008-09 and is designed to extend the lifespan of the ageing system by making it more responsive, reliable and efficient. Over $3 million had been spent on the project in 2009 and a further $9.1 million was allocated to the OSR for the improvement of information technology infrastructure in the most recent budget.

The OSR joins NSW Health, the Department of Education and Training, RailCorp, Ageing, Disability and Home Care and Housing NSW within the ranks of NSW agencies currently lacking a permanent technology executive. It is rumoured that the OSR has already offered the position to other CIOs currently working within the NSW Government.

The State’s tax office is offering up to $212,800 per annum, and a three year contract to experienced candidates, but this was not enough to hold onto Kennedy who will be in a position to receive $212,801 - $231,950 per annum for the duration of his contract with Communities NSW.

Applications for the position close at midnight on Sunday 14 November 2010.

  • NSW
  • IT Services
  • Treasury
  • CIO
  • Communities NSW
  • David Kennedy
  • OSR