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This section contains additional detailed information, further to that contained in the hardcopy of the Defence Annual Report 2005–06.

Group Contributions

Chief Information Officer Group

Overview

The Chief Information Officer Group manages the Defence information environment, and is accountable for planning and delivering secure, dependable and integrated information infrastructure to support business and military operations.

The Group's structure incorporates the following elements:

Information Capability Management Division is responsible for delivering the Defence information environment as a global end-to-end capability, including the provision of satellite communications, electromagnetic spectrum and networks to support military operations. The head of the Division is the principal strategic adviser to the Chief of Joint Operations on communications and information systems and the electromagnetic spectrum;

Information Systems Division is responsible for the development of the major Defence networks and most enterprise applications that support Defence management processes. The Defence information architecture provides support for all other information infrastructure development affecting Defence's major networks; and

Business Management Branch provides portfolio-level resource and contract management services for the Defence information environment, and provides governance and financial management services to the Group.

Resources

The Group's total spend for 2005–06 was $495.8m, consisting of $37.8m capital budget and $458.0m operating budget (of which $23.6m was managed on behalf of the portfolio).

As at 30 June 2006, the Chief Information Officer Group had 406 military personnel and 635 Australian Public Service staff.

Key Achievements for 2005–06

During 2005–06, the Chief Information Officer Group:

  • transitioned central information and communications technology infrastructure support and related services to KAZ Technology Services in November 2005;
  • provided continuous information and communications technology support to all current operations such as Operation Catalyst and Operation Anode, and short-term operations such as Operation Astute and Operation Acolyte (Commonwealth Games);
  • established Memoranda of Understanding with the United States and the United Kingdom for development of initiatives relating to satellite communications exchange and military communications exchange;
  • transferred responsibility for development and support of the Personnel and Financial Enterprise Resource Planning systems into the Group, in accordance with the recommendations of the 2004 Boston Consulting Group study into Defence Information and Communications Technology organisational arrangements;
  • developed the first rolling three year Defence Information Infrastructure Plan, including an indication of forward information and communications technology investment, which was launched at the Defence and Industry Conference 2006;
  • at short notice, developed and delivered, in partnership with the Defence Materiel Organisation, deployable local area network solutions for the ADF and international partners deploying to Timor-Leste;
  • engaged with the United States at a strategic level to improve interoperability, information sharing and support to allied military operations;
  • established and implemented an Investment Planning and Programming function. This includes processes for managing minor information and communications technology projects, making it easier to map these projects against Chief Information Officer Group strategies;
  • processed 40,000 information technology assets for donation as part of the Computer Technology for Schools program; and
  • rationalised the number and versions of software resident on Defence networks and created policies and processes to control the growth and distribution of new software.

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