Crime Commission CIO departs to AUSTRAC

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Crime Commission CIO departs to AUSTRAC
Maria Milosavljevic

Replacement not yet named.

The Australian Crime Commission's chief information officer Maria Milosavljevic will work her last day at the crime intelligence organisation today before she departs to take up a similar role at AUSTRAC.

Milosavljevic will start her new role as national manager of innovation and technology (CIO) at AUSTRAC - Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulator and specialist financial intelligence unit - on June 29.

She will fill a position held by acting CIO Anthony Johnston. As CIO, Johnston sat at the executive level reporting directly into the CEO.

AUSTRAC did not provide any detail on Johnston's next movements beyond that he would be staying with the organisation.

Milosavljevic was officially appointed to the Crime Commission's newly created CIO role in January last year after serving in the position briefly while the agency waited for the Public Service Commission to approve its establishment.

During her two and a half years as CIO, Milosavljevic and her 70-strong information branch developed a five-year information and technology strategic plan, covering technology, analytics and knowledge management.

Milosavljevic was named a finalist in the 2014-15 Benchmark Awards for her work on the Fusion project - an effort she led before leaving for a short stint with the Attorney-General's office in research and innovation, and later returned to at the ACC as CIO.

The Fusion capability - primarily comprising a new search engine and series of analytics tools  - can query unstructured data sourced from Australia’s law enforcement community to provide more insightful and effective intelligence to agencies.

Milosavljevic's successor will continue the agency's work to replace its ageing ACID national criminal intelligence database - another effort to improve intelligence sharing between Australia’s law enforcement agencies.

The Crime Commission said its chief technology officer Narelle Lovett will act in the CIO role from Monday while it decides whether to permanently fill the role.

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