Movers & shakers: radiation boss reappointed

By The Mandarin

Friday March 8, 2019

The head of Australia’s radiation agency is sticking around. Plus Commonwealth executive promotions, including a Health deputy secretary, and a call-out for women to apply for water boards.


Dr Carl-Magnus Larsson has been reappointed CEO of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

“I look forward to continuing to ensure Australians are protected from the harmful effects of radiation—by maintaining the delivery of our high quality services, providing Australians with health advice and independently regulating Commonwealth entities that use or produce radiation,” says Larsson.

This is his third three year term at ARPANSA, which publishes a very handy live UV monitor.

Mental Health Royal Commission

The Victorian government has appointed former Justice secretary Penny Armytage as the chair of the Royal Commission into Mental Health.

Armytage, also formerly IPAA national president, will be joined by Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Bernadette McSherry as the commissioners who will lead the landmark inquiry. The government has already committed to implementing each one of their recommendations.

Victorian Department of Education

Jenny Atta is now officially the Secretary of Victoria’s Department of Education and Training.

She was announced as Acting Secretary during last year’s post-election machinery of government changes.

Atta joined the Department in December 2015, as Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Finance Services Group. Previously she also worked at the Department of Treasury and Finance, where she led the portfolio analysis function within Budget and Finance.

Commonwealth senior executive promotions

Deputy Secretary

Dr Lisa Studdert has been promoted inside the federal Department of Health to Deputy Secretary, Population Health, Sport and Aged Care Quality Group. Prior to this she was Acting Deputy Secretary, Population Health, Sport & Aged Care Quality. She has spent time in ministerial offices, the health bureaucracy, the private sector and the international development sector.

First Assistant Secretary

Beth Delaney moves up within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to First Assistant Secretary — Contracting and Aid Management. Prior to this she was Assistant Secretary of the Pacific Labour Mobility and Economic Growth Branch.

Angus Kirkwood has been promoted within Home Affairs to First Assistant Secretary Strategy and Capability, up from General Manager Aviation Security.

Assistant Secretary level

Five people have been promoted to Branch Manager, an SES Band 1 role, at the federal Department of Education and Training.

Carolyn Shrives is moving into the job of Branch Manager, Research Policy and Programs at Education and Training.

Quyen Tran has been promoted within DET to Branch Manager, National School Resourcing Board.

Tanya Blight moves up to to Branch Manager, School Assurance at DET.

Chris Alach is taking on Branch Manager, Skills Programs Compliance at DET.

Karen Welsh has been promoted within DET to Branch Manager, International Education Access.

Beth Cookson moves up inside Agriculture and Water Security to the role of Assistant Secretary, Animal Biosecurity. Previously she spent eight years as Director — Animal Disease Surveillance, Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy section.

Stephen McDonald has been promoted within Defence to Assistant Secretary Program Management.

Tara Pamula has moved up inside the Department of Human Services to Band 1. She is now National Manager, Child Smart Support Centres for WA, SA and QLD.

Nicholas Stanton has been promoted at the Department of Jobs and Small Business to Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

Sarah Guise has been promoted at the Department of Social Services to Branch Manager.

Victorian water boards

Applications are now open for positions on the boards of Victoria’s 19 water corporations and 10 catchment management authorities, with women particularly encouraged to apply.

Minister for Water Lisa Neville is inviting applications to fill 115 director positions on water boards across the state, and committing to once again reach the target of at least 50% women.

The state government has attracted many more women to water board positions than previously by making a conscious effort to target them.

Board directors come from all walks of life, including farmers, small business owners, project managers and other professionals.

Successful applicants will be tasked with managing the state’s water supplies and helping to drive action on climate change. They are expected to lead by example when it comes to promoting diversity.

Expressions of interest for the water corporation and catchment management positions close on 1 April 2019.

South Australia

Two agency heads have announced they are leaving in South Australia — both ahead of the release of reviews into their organisations.

Mike Hynda, boss of Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment, is planning to retire when his contract ends this month, reports InDaily. A review of the department by former New Zealand finance minister Steven Joyce will reportedly be published “soon”, and is expected to foreshadow changes.

And Dr Glenn Edwards has announced he is is quitting as Executive Director of SA Pathology, just days before the publication of a government-commissioned PwC report on the public agency, also according to InDaily.

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