First listed on: 17 November 2022
Chief Information Officer


Senior Executive Service Band 3
Salary may be negotiated with the successful candidate
Canberra – ACT

Defence is seeking a high-performing senior executive to fill the critical role of Chief Information Officer. The position of Chief Information Officer plays a pivotal role in Australia, leading the strategy and execution of substantial change at the highest levels of government. As part of the Defence Senior Leadership team, the Chief Information Officer vacancy presents a unique and exciting opportunity for the right person to play a key role in ensuring the effective management of the Defence Portfolio’s information and technology activities across all its functions and projects.

The Chief Information Officer is responsible for delivering ICT to enable Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and Defence’s corporate functions along with services that support the productivity of individual users. CIOG is a multifaceted organisation that must deal with the unique complexities that come with meeting the aforementioned responsibilities within an organisation that is as large and as complex as Defence. The Department of Defence is offering this challenging and rewarding opportunity in an organisation that values and promotes diversity. 

As part of the Senior Leadership Group, you will play a key role in promoting and influencing a shared commitment to the strategic direction of Defence.

You will:

  • Lead and manage a Group practicing inclusive leadership and collaboration;
  • Demonstrate strong judgement and capitalise on innovative alternatives to resolve complex problems;
  • Effectively challenge the status quo when required;
  • Demonstrate resilience and personal accountability for the quality of advice and delivery of results through engaging, collaborating and partnering; and
  • Demonstrate exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader and exemplify the Defence Values and Behaviours, and engender a culture of innovation and agility. They will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives of others.

Your Role
The Chief Information Officer is responsible for the strategic direction for ICT within Defence and leads the Group responsible for the Defence Single Information Environment that draws together Defence communications and information activities into a single, governed information environment. This includes the full spectrum of ICT management across both military and corporate environments and is required to identify and define strategic issues in relation to architecture, software development, applications delivery and operations in a rapidly changing technological context. This role works closely with Australia’s key Defence partners, our allies, other Government agencies and Industry.

To be a strong contender for this position, you will be a flexible and collaborative leader who is prepared to take calculated risks. You will be resilient, self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives, and have the courage to challenge the status quo when it does not serve the required outcome. 

You will have a proven track record of leading a significant and complex business or government technology-related organisation through innovative change and reform. You will also have demonstrable results in achieving top level customer and investment prioritisation; excellent stakeholder and customer engagement; and the ability to adopt a long term horizon in the development of an ICT strategy aligned with the organisational vision, priorities and decision making processes. 

Additional Information

Application Closing Date: 11:30pm (AEDT), Sunday 4 December 2022

Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis. To be eligible, applicants must be Australian citizens. This is a security-designated position and the successful applicant will be required to hold or obtain a Positive Vetting security clearance

A Merit Pool of highly suitable candidates will be established to fill similar vacancies that may occur within the next 18 months.

For further information please review the job information pack, reference CIOG/08417/22, on

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