Movers & shakers: bumper edition

By David Donaldson

Friday April 5, 2019

As we edge closer to a federal election, the federal government has ramped up appointments. Welcome to a bumper edition of movers & shakers.

Changes in NSW

Major changes to personnel and machinery of government have been announced in NSW this week following the state election.

Planning and Environment Secretary Carolyn McNally resigned earlier in the week, with Jim Betts reportedly to take over. Justice Secretary Andrew Cappie-Wood is retiring, and there’s media speculation Martin Hoffman is moving on. Secretary of the former Department of Family and Community Services, Michael Coutts-Trotter, heads up the new Department of Family and Community Services and Justice.

Plus the government is creating Australia’s first Department of Customer Service.

We have a run-down of all the movements here.


Two major military appointments have been made. Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld will be Australia’s next chief of Air Force, and Major General Greg Bilton will be promoted to lieutenant general and appointed as the chief joint operations. We have the full story here.

And the Defence Housing Australia board has appointed Barry Jackson as Managing Director for a five year term commencing 13 May.

Jackson is currently the Deputy Secretary, Service Delivery Operations with the Department of Human Services. His public service career includes other senior executive roles at the Department of Human Services, the Department of Finance and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Victorian Department of Transport

Paul Younis has been officially named secretary of Victoria’s new Department of Transport, and he’s not wasting any time, announcing on Thursday that VicRoads and Public transport Victoria would be absorbed by the department.

Defence Industry Advisory Board

Kate Carnell has been appointed co-chair of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability Advisory Board.

Carnell is the current Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and a former Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister. Prior to her appointment, she served as Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

James Fitzgerald, the Executive Chairman of Civmec, was also appointed to the board, and serving members Karen Stanton, Director Corporate Strategy at Heat Treatment Group, and Amanda Holt, CEO and Chief Engineer Defence and Aerospace, SYPAQ Systems, were reappointed.

Victorian Portable Long Service Benefits Authority

Julius Roe has been named as Chair of the new Portable Long Service Benefits Authority, which aims to make long service benefits fairer for workers.

The authority is in charge of administering the long service leave benefits scheme, which gives Victorians the power to transfer their long service entitlements if they change jobs.

Under the laws passed last year, those working in contract cleaning, security and community services are entitled to long service benefits after working in their industry for seven years, irrespective of the number of employers they work for over that time.

It comes after a parliamentary committee found that workers in these industries often did the same work, in the same place, for many years, without qualifying for long service entitlements.

Roe was the Fair Work Commissioner from 2010 to 2017.

He will be joined on the board by Claire Filson, who has been appointed Deputy Chair, along with board members Linda White, Julie Warren and Kate Marshall representing unions and workers, and Emma King, Tim Piper and Rachaell Saunders representing employers and industry.

Joseph Yeung was recently appointed to the role of Registrar and CEO of the authority.

Commonwealth executive appointments

Band 3

Andrea Pavleka has been appointed Commonwealth Solicitor for Public Prosecutions in Melbourne, moving up from Deputy Director at the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Band 2

Richard de Crespigny has been promoted at the Director of Public Prosecutions in Sydney to Deputy Director.

Berdj Tchakerian has also been promoted to Deputy Director at the DPP, but in Melbourne.

Helen Owens has been promoted at the Australian Communications and Media Authority from Executive Manager to General Manager.

Linda Caruso has also been promoted at the Australian Communications and Media Authority from Executive Manager to General Manager.

Robyn Martin is now First Assistant Secretary, Policy and Program, after being promoted at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Cassandra Kennedy moves up to First Assistant Secretary, Policy and Program at Agriculture.

Anna Willock has also been appointed First Assistant Secretary, Policy and Program at Agriculture.

Band 1

Aaron O’Neill has been promoted at the Department of Communications and the Arts to Assistant Secretary.

Belinda McNamara is now Assistant Secretary Pacific Security at the Department of Defence.

Rachel Moseley moves up to Assistant Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Juliette Brassington has also been promoted to Assistant Secretary at DFAT.

James Anderson takes on the role of Assistant Secretary at Home Affairs.

Belinda Duffy also moves up to Assistant Secretary at Home Affairs.

Yvonne Solecka has been appointed Assistant Secretary at Home Affairs.

Greg Mitchell is now National Manager, Financial Accounting at the Department of Human Services.

Megan Leahy has been promoted at Prime Minister and Cabinet to Assistant Secretary, Social Policy Division.

Michelle Carey takes up the job of Executive Director — Finance, Assurance & Business Services at the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Virginia Wilson is moving from the Attorney General’s Department to the Federal Court of Australia after being appointed Deputy Principal Registrar and National Family Law Registrar.

Sandra Cuthbert has been appointed General Manager, Food Safety and Corporate at Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

National Data Advisory Council

The government has announced the appointment of a National Data Advisory Council comprised of six independent experts and three government representatives who will support the office of the National Data Commissioner.

The office is currently occupied by interim commissioner Deborah Anton.

Other members of the council include: ANU economist Nicholas Biddle, former head of policy at the United Kingdom’s Open Data Institute Ellen Broad, co-founder of industry peak body Data Governance Australia Paul McCarney, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Joshua Meltzer, Consumer Policy Research Centre CEO Lauren Solomon, and public health expert Fiona Stanley.

You can read more here.

Inspector-General of Biosecurity

Rob Delane has been appointed the next Inspector-General of Biosecurity, for a three-year term.

The IGB helps keep Australia safe from exotic pests and diseases through independent evaluation and verification of our biosecurity system.

He takes over from Helen Scott-Orr, whose term expires in July, when Delane will take up the role.

WA State Administrative Tribunal

Supreme Court Justice Janine Pritchard has been appointed President of the State Administrative Tribunal for a five-year term, beginning on June 4.

Pritchard previously served as Deputy President of the SAT after her appointment to the District Court of WA in June 2009. She was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in June 2010 and as a judge of the Court of Appeal in September 2018.

Pritchard will maintain her commissions as a judge of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.

Victorian justice system

Helen Szoke has been appointed as a member of the Judicial Commission of Victoria.

Szoke has announced her retirement, effective from 16 August, from her position as the Chief Executive Officer for Oxfam Australia. While Race Discrimination Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission between 2011 and 2013, she led the development of a National Anti-Racism Strategy, led work on bullying and cyber bullying and brought business, sport and community organisations into partnership around the response to racism.

Michele Williams QC has been appointed the new Chair of Victoria’s Post Sentence Authority, which monitors serious offenders on post-sentence supervision and detention orders. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the authority.

The Post Sentence Authority has been in operation since February 2018 and is part of the government’s response to the Harper Review into the management of serious offenders.

Caitlin English has been named as Deputy State Coroner.

She has been at the State Coroner for five years, and has overseen coronial inquests into a range of important and high-profile matters, including deaths in custody, and as a result of drowning, ingestion of button batteries and medical tourism.

Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania

Vincenzo Caltabiano has been appointed Director at the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania.

He previously worked in private practice in Victoria from 1991 to 2008 before going on to hold a number of senior positions in Victoria Legal Aid including Associate Director, Child Protection Transformation; Crime Project Manager; and Managing Lawyer, Advocacy.

Brand Tasmania

The Tasmanian government has announced the list of people who will form its inaugural Brand Tasmania board.

As Australia’s first statutory branding authority, the board will drive promotion and protection of the state’s brand.

Nick Haddow was recently appointed chair. The other members of the board are:

  • Michael Cooper – Former Chief Executive Officer of Juicy Isle Fruit Juices
  • Brett Torossi – Founder and Principal of New Ground Network
  • Jessica Richmond – Commercial Manager at Grange Resources, an ASX listed company headquartered in Burnie
  • Kim Clifford – Managing Director of Incat Marketing
  • Kym Goodes – Chief Executive Officer of TasCOSS
  • Leigh Carmichael – Creative Director of Dark Mofo and DarkLab
  • Philippa Dawson – Former Chief Operating Officer at Austrade and current Chief Executive Officer of Fermentasmania
  • Robert Atkinson – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global) at the University of Tasmania
  • Sheralee Davies – Chief Executive of Wine Tasmania

See past movers and shakers updates here.

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