NSW Community Services begins CIO search

The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) has formally begun its search for a permanent chief information officer after incumbent Richard Michel relocated to Paris, France last December. The department has had an acting CIO since that time, Marilyn Taylor, according to executive director of Corporate Services Alan Ramsey, but has started looking for a permanent replacement.

The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) has formally begun its search for a permanent chief information officer after incumbent Richard Michel relocated to Paris, France last December.

The department has had an acting CIO since that time, Marilyn Taylor, according to executive director of Corporate Services Alan Ramsey, but has started looking for a permanent replacement.

The role (reporting to Ramsey) is one of the highest technology positions within the NSW state government and entails responsibility for DoCS' ICT resources.

The successful candidate will also sit on the NSW Government CIO Executive Council, the principal forum for ICT strategy within the state government.

The state is in the middle of a cost-cutting drive at the moment. One month ago it unveiled plans to reap AU$565 million in ICT savings over the next four years.

Part of that savings will come as the state uses the CIO Executive Council to standardise on some purchasing decisions, for example.

According to an advertisement placed today, the role will attract a remuneration package of between AU$166,451 and AU$189,100 annually.

DoCS is not alone in looking for CIO material, with the following organisations also having vacant top level IT spots:

  • Victoria (state deputy)
  • Victoria Police (deputy)
  • Aussie Home Loans
  • ANZ Bank
  • Energex
  • Curtin University
  • Connect Credit Union
  • ETSA

DoCS's core work is in the field of child protection. The department operates a network of seven regional offices and over 85 community services centres throughout NSW.

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