CIO switch at Public Transport Victoria

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CIO switch at Public Transport Victoria

New blood needed as authority embarks on real-time journey.

Victoria’s public transport authority is on the lookout for new blood to lead its expansive technology operation - including the notorious Myki ticketing system.

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) was established in 2012 to coordinate the running of the state’s various public transport modes. Its technological responsibilities are increasingly high-profile as it works to manage an electronic ticketing system, GPS-enabled bus tracking and a new fleet of public-facing apps.

It is looking for candidates to step into the role vacated by its last serving CIO Carolyn De Gois, and is offering a salary between $180,000 and $240,000 and a five year contract to attract the right person.

A spokeswoman for PTV declined to comment on the reason for De Gois' departure. A former KPMG director, De Gois joined PTV in November 2013 after a career in the private sector, including at organisations such as IBM and Alcoa.

The spokeswoman said the successful candidate would be responsible for "the strategic management and enhancement of the information and communication technology resources that support all aspects of PTV's business operations".

"They will be required to lead and manage the provision of strategic IT advice, development of IT governance and operational frameworks and IT project delivery for PTV,” she said.

The new CIO will also be at the forefront of PTV’s push into real-time arrival apps, with transport-tracking APIs due to be opened up to developers in the coming months.

The agency has been criticised in the past over its handling of the rollout of GPS tracking technology to Victoria’s metropolitan buses, which was halted and re-started in 2013.

It has also been handed the reins of the troubled Myki electronic ticketing project, which ran millions of dollars over budget after being designed to an over-ambitious implementation timeline.

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