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
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,
According to an advertisement placed today, the role will
attract a remuneration package of between AU$166,451 and
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
- Curtin University
- Connect Credit Union
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.