Victorian govt poaches Services Australia CIO

The Victorian government has appointed Services Australia Chief Information Officer Michael McNamara to lead its new digital arm within the Premier and Cabinet Department.

McNamara, who has spent the past two and a half years running the federal government’s largest IT store, will join Digital Victoria as its inaugural CEO in late September.

As reported by iTnews, DPC sought a CEO in May after receiving $ 196 million in last year’s budget to lead the state’s IT strategy and planning, as well as delivery of “priority” initiatives.

The unit brought together several existing DPC branches in digital strategy and cybersecurity, as well as the Victorian Center for Data Insights, when it was officially launched this month.

Services Victoria, which was found to have delivered only a fraction of its planned transactions after five years in March, is now part of Digital Victoria as well.

DPC Undersecretary for Cabinet, Communications and Corporate Group Vivien Allimonos has led the unit since its launch as interim CEO, and this agreement will continue until McNamara joins.

McNamara comes to the position with more than two decades of experience in technology leadership in both the public and private sectors.

Leading the Services Australia CIO group, he helped the agency navigate arguably its most challenging period on record, quickly establishing new services and keeping the lights on.

Before joining what was then the Department of Human Services in January 2019, McNamara spent nearly seven years at ANZ, including three years as general manager of architecture and delivery.

He has also served as CIO of Colonial First State’s property management portfolio from 2009 to 2012, as well as Commonwealth Bank, AGL, United Energy, Alinta, and HP.

Government Services Minister Danny Pearson described McNamara as an “outstanding leader who brings a wealth of public, corporate and international experience to the new role.”

“I congratulate him on his appointment,” he said, adding that “Digital Victoria will provide the quickest and simplest government services that Victorians deserve.”

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