Charles McHardie AM

a/Chief Information Officer / Department of Human Services

Charles McHardie is currently the Acting Chief Information Officer of the Department of Human Services.

He is responsible for the delivery of ICT supporting the department’s Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support programmes as well as managing a large portfolio of ICT projects for social services and health programmes.

Charles is a highly experienced public service and military professional with more than thirty years of knowledge in managing complex operational and ICT environments.

Charles joined the Department of Human Services in April 2015 as the Chief Technology Officer, setting the strategic and architectural direction for technology within the CIO Group. Business and ICT transformation activities were aligned through the execution of the DHS Technology Plan, supported by the establishment of the Technology Innovation Centre.

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 deployed three times to the Middle East in Australia’s contribution to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as well as operations in East Timor.

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. He is married to Terrie, has two daughters and resides in Canberra.