South Australian Government Chief Information Officer Andrew Mills has been appointed as the new whole-of-government CIO in Queensland. He will begin in the role on 6 January 2014.
“Andrew [Mills] brings to Queensland a wealth of experience to lead the QGCIO team as it moves forward on the recently released ICT Strategy which focuses on transforming the Queensland Government public service and in particular the use of ICT across government as part of a customer-focused approach,” said Director-General of the Department of Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) Andrew Garner.
“His experience improving better management of information and data through the implementation of an Open Data approach in South Australia as well as his experience leading initiatives to improve frontline delivery of services will be essential to the success of the ICT Strategy 2013-2017.”
A key responsibility of the QGCIO is to provide advice to the Queensland Directors-General Council in the implementation of the Queensland ICT Strategy. The Council is led by the Director-General of DSITIA Sue Rickerby and is responsible for the integration of ICT into the “broader whole-of-government agenda”, according to the State’s ICT Strategy Action Plan.
The lead ICT position in Queensland was vacated by Peter Grant in May 2013. In the interim, the Queensland Government has released its whole-of-government ICT Strategy 2013-17, setting Mills’ agenda for the coming years.
Mills has been at the helm of the SA Office of the Chief Information Officer since 2007, and has been significantly involved in the development of the whole-of-government ICT Strategy, which has not yet been released despite the completion of a first draft in early 2013.
Mills also led the development of the SA Strategic Plan, which includes objectives to increase investment in ICT infrastructure and to leverage ICT for healthcare services and services to remote communities.
“Andrew’s experience leading improvement in the ability for public servants to collaborate across the boundaries of their agencies is another area where he is aligns [sic] with the ICT Strategies [sic] vision to support an open, customer-focused and responsive public service,” said Garner.
A spokesperson from the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet has told Intermedium that the Department will “follow its regular processes in order to fill the position of Chief Information Officer”.
CIOs moving between states is not a new phenomenon. Victorian Government Chief Technology Advocate (CTA) Grantly Mailes held the SA Government CIO role until 2007, and was appointed to the Victorian CTA role in March 2013.
“The CIO will have to get people to work together, recognise each other’s skills and potential contribution and to gain agreement on whole-of-government versus local autonomy tradeoffs,” former Queensland GCIO Peter Grant told Intermedium in August 2011, prior to his December appointment to the role for the second time (Grant was previously QGCIO from 2005 to 2007).
“To some extent this is an educational role – both managing upwards and across. The CIO will need to make people aware of the risks, the alternatives and the opportunities that ICT initiatives offer to their stakeholders...and, the CIO will need to grow the capability of non-IT government staff to leverage technology effectively.”
Both the NSW and Victorian governments have restructured the traditional CIO model over recent years. In NSW, GCIO responsibilities have merged with the role of the Director-General of the Department of Finance and Services since 2010. The position is currently held by Laurie Glanfield.
The Victorian Government abolished the GCIO role in 2007, and created a Chief Technology Advocate position in 2013 with the appointment of Mailes.
At the Federal level, the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), responsible for whole-of-government ICT policies and services, split traditional GCIO responsibilities between an Australian Government CIO, Glenn Archer, with responsibility over ICT policy, and an Australian Government Chief Technology Officer, John Sheridan, responsible for government-wide ICT services and procurement.
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