Australian government CIO departs

Australian government CIO Glenn Archer has left the role after just over 12 months.

Australian government chief information officer Glenn Archer will leave the role after just over 12 months of heading up IT governance and whole-of-government IT policy for the Commonwealth government.

Archer, who came to the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) in 2010 after a stint as the CIO of the Department of Education, and seven years in a variety of roles in Centrelink, tweeted today that Monday would be his last day in the public service.

A Department of Finance spokesperson also confirmed to ZDNet that Archer would be leaving.

"Finance can confirm that effective COB today, Mr Archer will have retired from the Australian Public Service," the spokesperson said.

The reasons for Archer's departure remain unclear. The spokesperson declined to comment further, and declined to answer questions on whether Archer would be replaced.

According to the Department of Finance's organisational chart (PDF), Lesley Seebeck, the assistant secretary for ICT skills, capability and investment, will be acting CIO after Archer leaves.

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Archer was appointed CIO in December 2012 , when CIO Ann Steward announced her retirement . At the time, AGIMO opted to split the responsibilities for that role between Archer as the CIO and John Sheridan as the chief technology officer.

Archer's role was to oversee IT governance and policy for IT for the whole of government, while Sheridan's role is centred around delivering whole-of-government objectives for networks, online services, and procurement.

The future of the CIO role is in question, however, with the Coalition's digital economy policy recommending that AGIMO have much of its IT decision-making powers transferred to another area of the Department of Finance. AGIMO's role would be more to provide advice to Cabinet and become a support agency for the Australian Government ICT Advisory Board, which has yet to be established.

In the policy document, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull slammed the government's decision to create separate CIO and CTO roles, stating that the split had resulted in duplication and had created unclear objectives for whole-of-government policies.

"The result has been continued duplication and fragmentation of vendors, strategies, and priorities," the document stated.

A spokesperson for Turnbull has been approached for comment.