Kathrina Lo named NSW Public Service Commissioner

By Shannon Jenkins

April 8, 2020


Former Department of Communities and Justice deputy secretary Kathrina Lo has been appointed New South Wales Public Service Commissioner.

Lo has held a number of state and federal public sector roles in a range of areas including legal, policy and strategy, diversity and inclusion, performance auditing and service delivery.

Her most recent role was deputy secretary, law reform and legal services. Prior to joining the Justice department, Lo held senior roles at the NSW Audit Office and NSW Information and Privacy Commission.

Lo would strengthen the delivery of services to the public and drive renewal, according to special minister of state Don Harwin.

“Her experience will be invaluable in continuing to reshape the NSW public service so it can deliver innovation and customer service, while always promoting the highest levels of integrity, accountability and leadership,” he said.

Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Tim Reardon said the NSW community would greatly benefit from Lo as commissioner.

“With a significant frontline workforce — doctors, nurses, ambulance officers, health workers, police, teachers, bus and train drivers, community service workers — the role of the NSW public service is never more important than right now,” he said.

“Ms Lo will bring strong leadership to ensure the public sector continues to deliver these essential services to the NSW community, while also being a driver of change so we are continuously learning, adapting and improving.”

Lo will commence on April 14. She replaces Scott Johnston, who has been acting in the role since October.

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