Movers & Shakers, Government | February – March, 2022

Maria Milosavljevic
Newly appointed CDIO at Defence, Maria Milosavljevic

Services Australia appoints new CISO, as Milosavljevic departs for Defence; Revenue NSW finds new data chief; and DTA on the hunt for six senior leadership roles, including a new Chief Technology Officer.


– The Australian Department of Defence has appointed Dr Maria Milosavljevic as its first-ever Chief Data Integration Officer.

Milosavljevic most recently served as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Services Australia for just over a year, and prior to this as the customer services agency’s Chief Data Officer for two years, having originally joined from the NSW Government. She replaces acting CIDO Teresa Blair.


– As a result of Milosavljevic’s move to Defence, Janice Law will step up as Services Australia’s new CISO, assuming her new title in mid-March.

Law is currently Service General Manager of the agency’s Welfare Payments Infrastructure Transformation (WPIT) program, appointed to the role 11 months ago.

Prior to joining Services Australia, she served more than a decade with Defence, most recently as Assistant Secretary Security, Interoperability and Simulation Delivery.


WA Health has formally appointed Jonathan Smith as Chief Information Officer.

Smith most recently served as CIO of WA Health’s Health Support Services (HSS) arm, appointed in October 2021, having stepped into the role following the departure of former information chief Christian Rasmussen.

Prior to this, Smith was HSS’s Program Delivery Director, and in 2020 served nine months as acting WA Health CIO following the departure of Holger Kaufmann.

As CIO, Smith oversees a team of more than 370 full-time employees and the management of a $140 million ICT operating expenditure.


Revenue NSW has appointed David Ranasinghe as its Chief Digital Officer, stepping into the role vacated by Kathleen Mackay last November.

Mackay served more than three and a half years in the role, departing the revenue agency to join the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania.

Ranasinghe previously served more than four years as Chief Technology Officer at healthcare provider Healius.


– The University of South Australia (UniSA) has appointed Bill Le Blanc as its next Chief Information Officer.

Le Blanc steps into the role vacated by inaugural UniSA CIO Paul Sherlock last October. Sherlock served more than two decades at UniSA.

Le Blanc has previously CIO at South Australia Health.


– The Digital Transformation Agency is undergoing a senior leadership recruitment drive to fill six executive service roles, including that of Chief Technology Officer.

It comes after the dual departures of Deputy Chief Peter Alexander and Discovery and Sourcing General Manager Johnathon Thorpe last December.

Tanja Cvijanovic, currently on secondment from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (under which the DTA now sits), has since stepped in as the DTA’s Digital Discovery and Sourcing GM.

The DTA’s new CTO will be expected to provide “strategic advice on cyber-security, the design and delivery of digital systems, and contribution to the Australian Government Architecture, assurance, and digital sourcing”, reporting directly to Chief Executive Chris Fechner.

The DTA is also seeking a new General Manager, Investment, Advice and Contestability, charged with “exercising whole of government oversight of the DTA’s role in the budget process, investment approval conditions, and delivery assurance across government on digital proposals”.

The Transformation agency is also looking to fill four new Branch Head (Band 1) roles:

  • Digital Strategy, Policy and Architecture – overseeing the development and annual update of a whole-of-government digital strategy and architecture.
  • Digital Investment Prioritisation – developing and managing the whole-of-government digital and ICT investment framework.
  • Contestability and Assurance – overseeing the account management entry point and managing the ongoing contact area for APS agencies on contestability and assurance matters.
  • Digital Initiatives Discovery – developing and incubating new digital and ICT initiatives that align with the Digital Government Strategy on behalf of the Australian Government.


– The Department of Finance has promoted three new Assistant Secretaries in its ICT Division: Cathryn Martin, Marcel Gabriel, and Patrick Roberts.


– The WA Government has re-appointed Chris Field for another five-year term as the state’s ombudsman.

Field, who has now been appointed for a record four terms as WA ombudsman, was first brought in under the Carpenter Labor Government in 2017. He was then twice reappointed under the Barnett Liberal Government, and now reappointed by Premier McGowan.


– The Federal Government has appointed Elizabeth Kelly to lead a statutory review on the operation of the Consumer Data Right (CDR).

Kelly most recently served as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, overseeing the development of technology, innovation, and digital policy, most notably for the Commonwealth Digital Economy Strategy.


South Australia has reappointed Professor Caroline McMillen as Chief Scientist for another three-year term. McMillen was first appointed in October 2018, following on from her role as University of Newcastle’s vice-chancellor.


Daniel Keys the Federal Department of Health’s Chief Information Officer, will step away after nearly two decades in the public sector.

Keys will take up a new role as Head of Futures and Innovation at IT services provider xAmplify.