NSW govt dissolved chief data scientist role

The New South Wales government permanently “retired” the role of chief data scientist late last year, prompting Professor Ian Oppermann, the architect of the state’s AI Assurance Framework, to leave the public service.

Professor Ian Oppermann, who spent much of last year refreshing the governance framework that guides the use of AI by public servants in the state, revealed the circumstances behind his departure on Friday.

“As of the end of 2023, the role of chief data scientist was retried, so I moved on to doing something else,” he told the state’s parliamentary inquiry into AI in his capacity as Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.

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