Home' Defence Magazine : Defence Magazine Issue 1 2018 Contents Justine Fievez
Director, Regional ICT Services
MANAGING large contracts and delivering services is all in a day’s work for Justine
Justine started out her career in a stereotypical female role, as a nurse, before
making the change to the public service and eventually the male centric area of IT.
“I changed careers to better manage my work-life balance. As a mother of four,
some flexibility in the workplace is important,” she says.
“I do believe that working in the public service, while often misrepresented in
the media, is making a real contribution to the Australian community.”
Justine has been with Defence for 15 years, six within CIOG where she has held
various roles from managing regional ICT services to supporting the outsourcing
strategy for the centralised processing bundle.
“I have worked with so many committed individuals in Defence,” Justine says.
“Organisational change is something I am passionate about and I have been for-
tunate to lead a couple of high level activities for CIOG.
“Early career highlights include implementing the ACT Region’s Customer
Service Centre model for CSIG, it was a fairly simple premise that has stood the test
“Later highlights have included implementing new service delivery models for
CIOG, supporting the outsourcing strategy for the centralised processing bundle
and working in Parliamentary Services and supporting the Fijian Parliament through
the United Nations developing countries program.”
While there aren’t many women in her area, she says she can see a tide of
“We are seeing change and more women at the table and coming through the
ranks. I work with a lot of young, talented, confident women; many just starting
their careers with Defence and future leaders for sure,” she says.
“Female numbers have increased, particularly in key management roles over the
Justine encourages women who want to pursue a career within STEM to go for it.
“Have faith in yourself, be open to change and never stop learning. Grab oppor-
tunities as they present themselves; don’t let doubt or fear of not having the full
suite of skills prevent you from having a go”, she says.
“Go for it, own it and learn along the way.”
Director, Logistics Information
Systems Support, CIOG
A LOT of things have changed since Dianne Lovell started at Defence in
the 1980s, but she says her work environment is still heavily male-dom-
“In my 37 years in Defence, while I have worked with several senior
military and APS one and two stars, who are great women and leaders, I
have never had a direct female supervisor,” Dianne says.
“I have been in logistics for most of my career starting as an APS1
Inventory Clerk. In those days we still had specialist data entry opera-
tors, our pay was delivered by armed guards and people were allowed
to smoke at their desks.”
Transferring to CIOG from CASG five years ago, she now leads an
integrated team of APS and ADF personnel delivering a range of ICT ser-
vices to ensure logistics applications are available and meet the needs
of users, both in Australia and overseas.
“Our products and services support 16 logistics applications includ-
ing the core logistics ICT tool MILIS and specialist tools for fuels, explo-
sive ordnance and pharmaceuticals.
“ We support 16,000 users across all Groups and Services in most
Defence locations including deployed forces and overseas locations
such as Butterworth.”
Her role is critical to Defence and she enjoys being able to directly
support Defence military and business outcomes.
“ We are able to see that what we do aids the war-fighter – logistics is
a critical dependency/enabler,” she says.
“ We support the people in Defence who buy, store and issue all of
the commodities the ADF needs – from sandbags to ammunitions and
weapons, clothing, repair parts and assemblies, medical equipment and
While she recognises the future will be filled with challenges in the
ever evolving sphere of IT, Dianne is excited about the future.
“ The next few years in ICT are going to be challenging and fantastic,”
“New ICT systems, developing applications that work on mobile solu-
tions and integrated information – I want to help lead the next tranche
of ICT services.”
Dianne encourages young women to follow in her footsteps and cut
their teeth in IT.
“ The work we do and how it contributes to Defence outcomes is
important,” she says.
“Defence offers diverse careers, support for learning and develop-
ment and flexibility.”
“THE WORK WE DO AND HOW IT CONTRIBUTES
TO DEFENCE OUTCOMES IS IMPORTANT.”
WOMEN ADVANCE DEFENCE
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