After two and a half years in the role, Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) CIO Tony Kwan will retire, to be replaced by the Department of Defence's chief technology officer Matthew Yannopoulos.
DIAC confirmed in a statement today that Yannopoulos will start on October 7. According to his LinkedIn profile, Yannopoulos has been the designate CIO since this month, but will be taking a few weeks to "learn a little of the business first".
A spokesperson for the Department of Defence confirmed a report that Yannopoulos finished up at the end of last week, with his role currently being temporarily filled by Major General Michael Milford.
Yannopoulos replacesfrom the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Yannopoulos himself has had an extensive history in the federal government, dating back to 1990, including an extensive stint in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) working on its massive IT refresh program known as .
During that time, Yannopoulos worked closely with the then-second commissioner of the ATO, Greg Farr, who went on to, and then to help address the lack of a technology road map within the department. Farr's , who worked under the CIO until Farr Farr was at the end of 2012.
This year alone, Yannopoulosa major overhaul of the department's desktop fleet, replacing multiple desktops per user with a single thin-client desktop.