Michelle Lensink

Information and communications technology

A question to the Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation - subject of ICT.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I seek leave to make a brief explanation before directing
a question to the Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation on the subject of ICT.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: Less than six months ago, the Office for Digital Government
was rebranded to reflect a renewed focus on the consumer with the new title of Office for Customer,
ICT and Digital Transformation. However, in another example of this government's failed direction in
the digital and cyber department, the team responsible for the whole-of-government ICT has been
changed yet again to the 'ICT and Digital Government division'.

Following the recent termination of the chief information officer due to allegedly false
documentation, the government has begun advertising for yet another newly created position, the
whole-of-government chief technology officer. My questions for the minister are:

1. Has the position of chief information officer been abolished?

2. How will the new position of whole-of-government chief technology officer differ from
the role of the chief information officer, and what are they responsible for?

3. Can the minister confirm that the process for appointing the whole-of-government
chief technology officer will be more stringent and thorough than the appointment of the position of
chief information officer?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and
Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive
Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy): I thank the member
for her question and her interests in information technology and good governance in general. The
matter to which she refers, I am not going to delve very deeply into. There are matters that, obviously,
are being investigated and are before the relevant authority.

The position of chief information officer is, as I understand it, a position within the Department
of the Premier and Cabinet and the restructuring around that position and positions that follow, I
would presume, would still be within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. I am happy to take
those questions on notice as my department, the Department of State Development, wasn't the
department that the chief information officer came from, it was the Department of the Premier and
Cabinet, which is the lead agency in many cross-government areas. I will take those questions on
notice about the process, the change of roles, what those roles are and bring back an answer for the
honourable member.

 

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