Jennifer Taylor to take the reins at Comcare

By Stephen Easton

July 23, 2014

Employment Minister Eric Abetz announced yesterday that one of his deputy secretaries, Jennifer Taylor, is to be Comcare’s next chief executive.

Jennifer Taylor. Photo: Department of Employment.
Jennifer Taylor. Photo: Department of Employment.

She’ll take over from current CEO Paul O’Connor on August 23. Abetz said in a statement:

“Comcare is facing many challenges in coming years, including improving return to work outcomes and work health and safety in the Commonwealth. Ms Taylor’s varied experience in the Australian Public Service will be of great benefit to the agency and assist it in meeting those challenges.”

Taylor was previously in charge of Early Childhood, Working Age and Indigenous Participation in the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, where she also once held the role of group manager, labour market strategies group, with responsibility for economic and labour market analysis.

From 2006-09 she ran the Australian Fair Pay Commission Secretariat, a statutory agency based in Melbourne that provided the commission with research and analysis, managed consultation and submission processes, as well as monitoring and evaluating the impact of the commission’s decisions. Prior to working in the APS, she held senior positions in the South Australian government.

Abetz also congratulated O’Connor on his five years at the helm of Comcare:

“I recognise Mr O’Connor’s strong contribution to the agency and to the Australian Public Service, in particular his focus on return to work outcomes and focusing on workers’ ability to work rather than their inability,” he said. “I wish Paul well in his new role with the Victorian government.”

O’Connor will take over as CEO of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority on September 1 and, according to Abetz, Employment secretary Renée Leon will appoint a new deputy to fill Taylor’s shoes “in due course”.

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