Modernising the Department of Health’s ICT

The Journey of Modernising Health’s ICT through an outcomes based contract and enabling data informed policy making

The Trans Tasman Business Circle briefing with Daniel McCabe, First Assistant Secretary – Information Technology Division, Department of Health

Daniel McCabe was promoted to CIO at the Australian Government Department of Health in 2015. He leads strategically significant ICT initiatives for Health¬¬¬ including Health’s Enterprise Data Warehouse enabling the department’s vision of a data informed policy agenda. He is focused on modernising Health’s ICT environment to deliver digital health services to our corporate customers, stakeholders and citizens.

Daniel has a long held passion for ICT—starting out as an application developer in 1998 at the Department of Defence. He held many ICT roles on the ground—strategy, architecture, sourcing, organisational change management, and major infrastructure delivery.

In 2011, Daniel was promoted to the Australian Government Senior Executive Service. He took the lead in setting strategic direction, architecture, and design standards for Defence’s ICT Infrastructure. While at Defence Daniel successfully led one of the largest data centre migrations in Australia—moving Defence’s core enterprise applications into a state of the art onshore data centre. As a senior executive, Daniel contributed to a more productive workplace for Defence staff by initiating a program to modernise over 100,000 desktops to a virtual architecture.

In a move to the North of Canberra, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection welcomed Daniel to integrate the Immigration and Customs agencies in 2014. He led the ICT strategy and governance functions and oversaw Immigration’s significant IT business system changes, including three $25m major releases per year. Daniel set the technology architecture for the Immigration and Customs reform program.


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