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Senior Staff Biography - Jonathan Palmer, Deputy Australian Statistician, Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Palmer is the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Australian Statistician for the Strategy, Services and Technology Group which provides leadership, strategic advice and the corporate, human resources and information technology services required to support and enable ABS outcomes.

Prior to re-joining the ABS in 2012, Jonathan served for nearly six years as the Chief Information Officer with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. Jonathan’s career has been largely devoted to the effective application of information technology in the field of official statistics. He has held CIO positions with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand and the International Monetary Fund. Jonathan has also had leadership roles in the areas of corporate planning and governance, publishing and dissemination, client services, change program delivery, and technology-enabled innovation.

Jonathan has served as the Australian representative on the Governing Board of the Statistical Institute for Asia Pacific, he was a member of the Federal Government CIO Committee, and convener of the Federal Government CIO Working Group on Information Interoperability. During his time with the IMF, he was vice-chair of the management committee of the UN International Computing Centre.

A graduate of the University of Canberra, he currently serves that institution as an Adjunct Professor with the School of Information Sciences and Engineering.

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