Movers & shakers: NSW public service commissioner becomes a secretary

By Shannon Jenkins

October 17, 2019

The latest public sector appointments from across the country.

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Russell Campbell

Russell Campbell has been appointed Head of Division in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. He was formerly in the Department of the Treasury, where he worked in a number of roles including Principal Adviser in the Financial System Division, and an overseas posting in Paris.

Maria Milosavljevic

Meanwhile, the January appointment of Dr Maria Milosavljevic as chief data officer at the Department of Human Services has finally been gazetted.

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Susan Hill and Colin Drysdale have both been named Australian Border Force Commanders in the Department of Home Affairs. 

Over in the Department of Finance, Hew Atkin has been appointed to Assistant Secretary.

Richard Juckes has taken the role of Group Head in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. He has worked in health policy and health data roles for more than two decades, mainly in the Department of Health.

New boss for NSW Department of Customer Service

Emma Hogan is moving from her role as New South Wales public service commissioner to become secretary of the Department of Customer Service. She replaces secretary Glenn King, the saviour of the state government’s service delivery, who is leaving the public sector.

READ MORE: NSW public service commissioner Emma Hogan to lead Department of Customer Service

NDIA finds its new chief

Martin Hoffman

Martin Hoffman will head the National Disability Insurance Agency, after the organisation has gone roughly 170 days without a boss. Hoffman was most recently head of the strategic planning taskforce in charge of transitioning the Department of Human Services to Services Australia. He has also previously led the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.

READ MORE: Martin Hoffman to lead NDIA, government to hire 800 new public servants

Rural Assistance Commissioner

Peter Tuohey

Former Victorian Farmers Federation President Peter Tuohey has been appointed Rural Assistance Commissioner. He will meet with Victoria’s agricultural communities and provide advice to the state government on what assistance they might need in the future.

Tuohey will focus on drought and dry seasonal conditions, challenges within parts of the dairy industry and opportunities to boost the state’s agriculture output. He will also be involved with the rollout of the Labor government’s $31 million drought support package. 

Australian Energy Regulator

Clare Savage

Clare Savage has been appointed as the new Chair of the Australian Energy Regulator. She will focus on building Australian energy consumers’ confidence and trust in the sector and replaces Paula Conboy.

Savage was most recently Deputy Chair of the Energy Security Board, where she delivered many of the recommendations in the Finkel Review. She has also held executive positions within the Business Council of Australia, EnergyAustralia and the Energy Supply Association of Australia.

South West Development Commission

Mellisa Teede

Mellisa Teede has taken the role of Chief Executive Officer of the South West Development Commission, which leads the Western Australian government’s job-creating agenda in the South West. She has previously been CEO at the Peel Development Commission from 2012 to 2015, and has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector. Teede was acting managing director at the Goldfields Institute of Technology (formerly Vocational Education and Training, Goldfields Esperance), and held acting director roles in the Policy Planning and Innovation Directorate and the Department of Training and Workforce Development. She was also the Labor candidate for the seat of Canning in the 2019 federal election.

National Careers Officer

Scott Cam

TV personality Scott Cam has been appointed as Australia’s first National Careers Ambassador. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Michaelia Cash have said Cam would “inspire the next generation of tradespeople”. The Block presenter will work with the National Careers Institute alongside government, industry, education providers, career advisors, parents and employers to improve career options.

“As National Careers Ambassador, Scott will help Australians at all ages and stages to make informed decisions about learning, training and work pathways. Working with the National Careers Institute, Scott will make sure individuals and businesses can take advantage of the pathways on offer,” Cash said.

Greyhound Racing Victoria

Peita Duncan

Peita Duncan has been appointed Chair of Greyhound Racing Victoria, while board member Emmett Dunne has been reappointed for two more years.

Duncan has been acting GRV chair since June, when Bernie Carolan stepped down from the role following four years in the position. She has extensive experience in business development, sales and management and has helped steer the greyhound industry through significant reform.

Dunne served as a police officer for four decades and retired at the rank of assistant commissioner. He has been a member of the GRV board since 2016, and is also a vice-president of the Richmond Football Club. He was a member of the Tigers’ 1980 premiership team.

Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia

Rev. Chris Ivey has been named National Chair of the AHISA. The two-year appointment replaces Dr Mark Merry, Principal of Victoria’s Yarra Valley Grammar School. Ivey is Principal of St Andrew’s Anglican College in Queensland, and has been a member of AHISA’s Board since 2015 as Chair of the AHISA Qld Branch. He has been AHISA’s national treasurer since 2016.

Ivey is a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and a member of the Australian College of Educators. He has said a priority for AHISA will be to “continue to protect and preserve the autonomy that is a prerequisite to lead our schools”.


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