NSW Gov appoints Damon Rees to help push digital agenda

NSW Gov appoints Damon Rees to help push digital agenda

Newly created GCIDO role will provide whole-of-gov oversight in ICT projects

New NSW Gov GCIDO, Damon Rees.

New NSW Gov GCIDO, Damon Rees.

The NSW Government’s digital agenda is stepping up a notch through the appointment of Damon Rees to the newly created Government Chief Information and Digital Officer (GCIDO) role.

The GCIDO will be the senior technology role within NSW Government, reporting to the Secretary of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation. Individual agencies will retain their CIOs but all major ICT projects across government departments will require approval and oversight by Rees.

Prior to taking up the new post, Rees worked for Macquarie Bank as CDO and CTO; CIO of Woolworths and was Westpac’s head of integrated delivery.

Rees starts the new role on May 30, and will focus on digital adoption across the NSW public sector, defining the long-term vision for ICT and digital technologies, implementing the NSW Open Data Policy and improving integration across government agencies.

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello, said Rees’ whole-of-government oversight would ensure better integration across departments and agencies.

“The GCIDO will be responsible for enforcing high standards of financial discipline on large-scale ICT projects across government,” he said.

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