Charles McHardie joined the Department of Human Services in April 2015. As the Chief Technology Officer, Charles is responsible for setting the strategic and architectural direction for technology within the CIO Group through the execution of the DHS Technology Plan and supported by the establishment of the Technology Innovation Centre, to align business and ICT transformation activities.
Charles also leads the Portfolio Management Office and Business Relationship Management function for the CIO Group and manages the strategic relationships between CIO Group and business teams as well as with Shared Services agencies and departments.
Prior to joining the Australian Public Service, Charles enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy, retiring in April 2015 after 30 years of service alternating between ICT, Intelligence positions and operational postings.
Charles was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 for services to Naval Warfare and awarded a commendation for distinguished service in 2014 for his Command of Combined Task Force 150, responsible for Coalition Maritime Counter Terrorism Operations based in Bahrain. He holds a Master of Science (Information Technology) from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Systems Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from Deakin University.