CenITex wants a CIO again

Summary:Victorian shared services agency CenITex is on the hunt for a chief information officer, two years after it dissolved the position.

Victorian shared services agency CenITex is on the hunt for a chief information officer, two years after it dissolved the position.

According to the advertisement, CenITex wants an executive to manage, develop and implement the company's business systems, applications and information architecture, as well as make sure CenITex has access to the necessary IT infrastructure to do their jobs. The executive will also contribute to CenITex's IT strategy and budget.

In 2009, when newly formed CenITex revealed its management team, it had a CIO role, which was filled by a contractor, with $396,000 budgeted for the role. The CIO role was dissolved not long after, but questions were asked about whether executive roles should be filled by expensive contractors or in-house employees. The agency made a push later to increase its ratio of in-house to contracted workers. The latest annual report said that the agency had 496 full-time employees and 251 contractors (as of 30 June 2011).

The salary range for the advertised in-house CIO role is listed as being $127,323 to $173,160. Queries as to why the agency has advertised for a CIO after dissolving the role in 2009 had not been answered at the time of writing.

CenITex currently provides services to the Victorian Government departments of Business and Innovation (DBI), Health (DH), Human Services (DHS), Justice (DOJ), Planning and Community Development (DPCD), Premier and Cabinet (DPC), Primary Industries (DPI), Sustainability and Environment (DSE), Transport (DOT), and Treasury and Finance (DTF), as well as their associated agencies, and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and State Revenue Office (SRO).

The transferral of IT services to CenITex for three additional agencies, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria Police and VicRoads, has been frozen while the State Services Authority conducts a review into the shared services agency.

This hasn't been the only hitch that CenITex has encountered in recent times, however. Recently, police were reportedly asked to investigate after public servants awarded themselves a contract for work that would have been worth $1.5 million. A reported email outage for thousands of government workers also forced the agency to apologise for a "difficult period of significant interruption".

Topics: CXO, Government, Government : AU


Suzanne Tindal cut her teeth at ZDNet.com.au as the site's telecommunications reporter, a role that saw her break some of the biggest stories associated with the National Broadband Network process. She then turned her attention to all matters in government and corporate ICT circles. Now she's taking on the whole gamut as news editor for t... Full Bio

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