Services Australia CIO to lead new Victorian agency

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday July 30, 2021

Victoria had the biggest increase in public servants last year
Victoria had the biggest increase in public servants last year. (Treasury Gardens, Melbourne. Adobe/Greg Brave)

The Victorian government has appointed Michael McNamara to lead the state’s new digital transformation agency.

The government announced it would establish Digital Victoria in the budget late last year, with the aim of centralising and simplifying information technology services across the government.

McNamara has held the role of chief information officer at Services Australia since January 2019, and has enabled the agency to deliver online services to millions of Australians during COVID-19. Prior to that, he has worked for ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank, and a number of energy companies.

As chief executive officer of Digital Victoria, McNamara will help the agency achieve its goals of growing the state’s digital economy, improving the customer experience, and providing more online services to the public, according to government services minister Danny Pearson.

“Digital Victoria will deliver the faster and simpler government services that Victorians deserve,” he said.

“Michael McNamara is an outstanding leader who brings a wealth of public, corporate and international experience to his new role leading Digital Victoria – I congratulate him on his appointment.”

McNamara has been appointed for a three-year term, and is set to receive a pay packet of $360,001-$479,900, according to the job advertisement.

The agency sits within the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Service Victoria — the agency responsible for rolling out the government’s check-in app and border entry permits — now comes under the umbrella of Digital Victoria.

Acting CEO and DPC’s deputy secretary cabinet, communications and corporate group, Vivien Allimonos, will continue to fill the role until McNamara joins the agency at the end of September.

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