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Two Federal agencies search for CIOs

by David Shi •
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After receiving one of the largest ICT allocations in the 2012-12 Budget – $240.3 million for a system to monitor the operations of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has called for applicants to fill the role of Chief Information Officer.

In the same week, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) has also commenced its own search for a new CIO, after losing Shane McLeod to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs a year ago.

The CIO at FaHCSIA will take over the management of the Department’s Information Management and Technology Group, which is currently under the direction of Donna Moody. Former CIO Tony Kwan left the Department in April 2011 to join the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) following the retirement of Bob Correll.

According to the job listing, the incoming CIO will be expected to drive strategic change within the Department, leading the development of a number of innovative ICT solutions and the ongoing transformation of FaHCSIA’s IT capabilities.

These capabilities now include the management of a $240.3 million client-monitoring system as part of the larger $1 billion NDIS. The system, which will track the performance and outcomes of the Scheme’s first phase, will be funded over a four year period as revealed in the 2012-13 Federal Budget.

The CIO will also be required to identify potential savings and efficiencies within existing in-house applications through improved information management practices. 

According to Intermedium’s Analyse IT tool, FaHCSIA signed $79.9 million worth of ICT contracts in the 2010-11 financial year, including a $28 million telecommunications managed services deal with Telstra that will take it out to 2014.

Applications for the FaHCSIA CIO position will close on 9 July 2012.

The new AusAID CIO will also be presented with a unique set of challenges. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for maintaining a geographically dispersed ICT environment. According to AusAID’s 2010-11 Annual Report, the agency manages facilities and services in 40 different countries.

The CIO will lead a team of approximately 80 staff members and will also be responsible for the delivery of corporate information management systems and services across the entire agency, including infrastructure and telecommunications services.

According to Analyse IT, AusAID signed $33.4 million worth of ICT contracts in 2010-11.

AusAID’s previous CIO, Shane McLeod, left the agency in February 2011 after three and half years of service to join the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Responsibility for AusAID’s ICT currently lies with the head of the Information Services Branch, Acting Assistant Director General Tim Spackman. The CIO will report directly to AusAID’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul Wood.

All applications for the AusAID CIO opening are due by 8 July 2012.

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  • Federal
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  • AusAid
  • Bob Correll
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  • Donna Moody
  • DVA
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  • Shane McLeod
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