Qld seeks new CIO shortly after moving predecessor aside

After recently forcing its former CIO into another government role, the Queensland government is looking for a new CIO.
Written by Michael Lee, Contributor

The Queensland government is looking for a new CIO after clearing out the position a little over three months ago.

In a job advertisement on Seek, dated September 6, the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) notes that the person in the role will be responsible for the state's new ICT Strategy.

At the end of May this year, state IT Minister Ian Walker made the decision to move then-CIO Peter Grant to its One Network project. Grant has moved in and out of the position several times now, with the changing of government leaders.

Grant first saw himself in the government CIO role in 2005. He remained in the position for three years, before making the jump to the private sector.

He was reappointed to the role in December 2011, when Queensland's then-Premier Anna Bligh noted the need for a strong state CIO out of a PricewaterhouseCoopers review.

After the 2012 state election, Queenslanders voted the Labor government out in preference of the Liberal National Party with Campbell Newman at its helm. Although Newman held Ros Bates responsible for the IT portfolio, declining health conditions, as well as controversy over accepting payments from vendors, saw her resign.

She was replaced by Walker, who presumably made the decision to remove Grant from the role.

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