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Australia: Dept of Parliamentary Services Appoints First CIO
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Australia
Created: Oct 23, 2012

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) in Australia has appointed Eija Seittenranta as its first Chief Information Office (CIO), as part of an ongoing effort to reorganise ICT service delivery to parliamentarians and their offices. Seittenranta is currently the General Manager of ICT Infrastructure at the Department of Human Resources, Australia. The new position was created following the release of a report called the ‘Review of Information and Communication Technology for the Parliament’, commonly known as the Roche report. The report recommended the creation of the office of CIO to manage the currently fragmented ICT services, strategies and staff for Parliament. The key issue reviewed by the report was “how to plan for and manage the delivery of ICT services to the Parliament in a way that best meets the differing requirements and priorities of the key stakeholders both effectively and efficiently”.

Seittenranta’s initial task in her new position will be to start implementing the 12 recommendations of the Roche report, which include the formation of a ‘one-stop-shop’ for ICT services to the Parliament. Currently, IT services provided to Parliament members are split amongst different departments. For example, desktop equipment for Parliamentary suites is provided by the Departments of the Senate and House of Representatives, but equipment for electorate offices is managed by DPS. The Department of Finance and Deregulation provides printing services and mobile phones to parliamentarians. The ‘one-stop-shop’ recommended by the Roche report will be established in DPS, and will manage the acquisition, installation, support and disposal of hardware and software systems for parliamentarians and their staff, in both the parliament suites and electoral offices. It will also provide mobile computing solutions to parliamentarians.

Additionally, the Roche report recommends the establishment of a Parliamentary ICT Advisory Board, which will be tasked with the creation of a parliament-wide ICT Strategic Plan to “ensure that stakeholder priorities are reflected in the investment decisions on technology and business systems”. The Advisory Board will regularly review progress against the Strategic Plan and advise the new CIO on the overall objectives and desired outcomes. The recommendations of the report also aim to enhance flexibility in ICT services to parliamentarians to make it easier for them to choose which solution provider they wish to use.
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