Worksafe seeking new chief


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Victoria’s health and safety regulator is on the hunt for a new chief executive.

Worksafe Victoria boss Clare Amies will be stepping down later this year in a move to the Department of Justice and Community Safety. There, she will lead work examining regulatory arrangements across the justice portfolios.

Clare Amies

Amies first joined Worksafe in 2009 and held a number of senior roles before she became chief executive in 2015, after the former chief was sacked by Premier Daniel Andrews over contaminated water. Prior to joining the organisation, she was CEO of the Western Region Health Centre.

Attorney-General Jill Hennessy thanked Amies for her “tireless leadership” in many roles.

“She brought a remarkably strong passion and immense understanding of occupational health and safety, and ably led one of our most important community safety regulators during a period of great change,” Hennessy said.

Amies led Worksafe during its relocation to Geelong, and helped roll out its 2030 strategy to make the health, wellbeing and mental health of staff key priorities for the agency.

Recruitment of a replacement will begin soon, with Amies staying in the role until it is filled.

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