Centralisation of IT Services (ICT Restructure)
Following hot on the heels of the FSE shamozzle, the University is currently in the process of extracting IT capability and servicing from Faculties and centralising them under a new Office of Chief Information Officer (CIO). NTEU recently met with Andrew Picouleau (Director of Workplace Relations) and Richard King (Senior HR consultant) to be briefed on the intended changes.
We were informed that the process is to occur in two stages.
The initial phase, extending though to December 2010, involves the setting up of the Office of CIO and recruitment of 20 key managerial (HEW 9 and 10) staff within the new single entity. These roles will be filled mainly from existing Monash staff. It is expected that for 90-95% of IT staff there will be no significant change to their job. Reporting lines and budgetary units will change but the physical location of staff is likely to remain the same. Staff can expect a letter from HR outlining the changes.
In the second, or Transformational, stage, which is expected to be completed by mid 2011, the Office of CIO will be fragmented into specialised areas which will oversee the function of IT staff within virtual teams. These staff can be called up to service any Faculty or Division, or can be seconded into Project work. Resources and staff will remain localised on individual campuses.
What about the key issue of job security? There is a freeze on the appointment of fixed term contract and sessional staff. Any loss in overall staff numbers will only occur through non-renewal of contract and sessional positions. The good news is that many contract positions are being converted to continuing jobs, and staff currently on contract will have the opportunity to be converted.
If you would like further information and/or want to discuss this issue with NTEU please contact the Branch Office on 9905 4110 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.