Andrew Cappie-Wood to retire

By David Donaldson

Monday April 1, 2019

Andrew Cappie-Wood, secretary of the New South Wales Department of Justice, has announced his retirement from the public service.

His career in the public service has lasted more than 40 years. Before becoming secretary of the Department of Justice, Cappie-Wood was head of the ACT Public Service.

In NSW, he previously led the Department of Housing, the Department of Education and Training, and the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, as well as working in a range of positions in the Department of Planning.

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman thanked Cappie-Wood for his service.

“During my time as attorney general, Mr Cappie-Wood has consistently provided honest, intelligent, accurate and timely advice. He is a person of great integrity who will be sorely missed by both government and stakeholders in the justice sector,” he said in a statement released Sunday.

“During his tenure as department secretary, Mr Cappie-Wood oversaw the formulation and implementation of landmark policies including the transformational criminal justice reform package and the NSW government’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“… Mr Cappie-Wood informed me around a year ago of his intention to retire; I also thank him for agreeing to extend his tenure as department secretary in order to see the government through the last term of parliament and until today’s announcement of the second Berejiklian ministry.”

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