WA government appoints state IT chief

State's whole-of-government ICT strategy 'well advanced', WA finance minister says

Western Australia has appointed Giles Nunis to the role of government CIO.

Nunis has been acting in the GCIO role since April.

The state government in March announced it would appoint a CIO to drive more efficient IT spending.

The WA budget earlier this year earmarked some $110 million in cuts from the ICT budgets of a range of departments, with the state government looking to put $25 million of the savings into an ICT Renewal and Reform fund.

"The GCIO will develop a whole-of-government ICT plan, which will focus on establishing benchmarks, smarter procurement and more innovative service delivery models," budget documents stated.

"The GCIO will also lead decision-making regarding the allocation of the ICT Renewal and Reform Fund, and chair the Director’s General ICT Steering Committee."

"The government spends $1 billion to $2 billion on ICT and this needs to be strongly managed to ensure we deliver the best value to West Australians," WA premier Colin Barnett said in a statement issued today.

"Mr Nunis has the right combination of professional skills and practical experience, with a fundamental understanding of the private and public sectors and how to negotiate and deliver large ICT projects."

"The office of the GCIO has made excellent progress against its objectives, including helping launch the government's important open data policy," finance minister Bill Marmion said.

"WA recently won the Best Government Participation award in the national GovHack competition, thanks to the efforts of Landgate, the GCIO and various agencies.

"The office is well advanced on a whole-of-government ICT strategy, in consultation with industry and government. Aimed at efficiencies and cost savings, this should be presented to the government early next year."

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