A new direction for the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has been announced.
The Secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation, David Tune took the first steps to restructure AGIMO to better meet the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) needs of the Australian Government following the retirement of the Chief Information Officer of AGIMO, Ann Steward.
Glenn Archer has been appointed to fill the role of the Australian Government CIO (AGCIO) while John Sheridan is to take on a newly created role of Australian Government Chief Technology Officer (AGCTO) along with the wider role of Australian Government Procurement Coordinator.
AGIMO headed in new direction
The AGIMO said the AGCIO is to be given the resources of the current Policy and Planning Division with the Agency Services Division to be assigned to the AGCTO.
Mr Archer said there was no doubt that AGIMO had been a key contributor to driving improvements in service delivery through better use of ICT over the last seven years.
“The combination of embedding AGIMO into one of the core groups within Finance, together with the creation of the new CTO role, not only confirms the important role of ICT in the operations of government, it ensures that the ability of the AGCIO and the AGCTO to influence the future application of technology is both broader and deeper.” Mr Archer said.
Mr Sheridan said the changes provided an exciting new opportunity for whole-of-government ICT.
“The chance to be the first Australian Government CTO is a privilege and I am determined to live up to the confidence placed in me by the Secretary,” Mr Sheridan said.
“The emphasis on combining procurement activities will allow new synergies to be explored in achieving efficiencies and effectiveness in government purchasing.”
The AGIMO said this change aligned with the Williams Review which recommended the Office focus more on identifying and developing common approaches to ICT across government, including an emphasis on whole-of-government policy.