Qld seeks broadband chief

The Queensland Government has advertised for an executive to head up a new office which takes a whole-of-government approach to the state's communications needs.

The Queensland Government has advertised for an executive to head up a new office which takes a whole-of-government approach to the state's communications needs.

The new team is called the Office of Telecommunications, Broadband and Digital Economy Coordination and will be based inside the Department of Public Works. It has been formed from existing telecommunications and broadband teams to create a more integrated approach to future telecommunications and broadband development, according to a spokesperson for Queensland ICT Minister Robert Schwarten.

The new team will optimise benefits from statewide broadband delivery. It is also expected to improve telco project outcomes within agencies as well as aid in agency decisions on telecommunications and broadband.

Other parts of the office's role are identifying and responding effectively to the government's future needs and fostering relationships with industry, which could be intended to make the best of the opportunities arising from the Federal Government's National Broadband Network.

There had been fierce competition between Victoria, Queensland and NSW as to which state would host the headquarters of the National Broadband Network Company until the new CEO of the company Mike Quigley dampened hopes by saying the headquarters might be spread across states.

The executive director of the new office will report to the Department of Public Works' Associate Director-General Natalie MacDonald.