New public service commissioner, electoral and stats chiefs named

IR warrior John Lloyd has been named the new public service commissioner. Meanwhile, Australia finally has a chief statistician — and a new AEC boss.

A red tape cutter, industrial relations warrior and former Institute of Public Affairs director has been named the Commonwealth’s new public service commissioner.

John Lloyd will start his five-year term on Sunday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced today, replacing Stephen Sedgwick whose term was not renewed.

The Prime Minister said Lloyd brings “extensive public sector experience particularly in the areas of employment and workplace relations”. He thanked Sedgwick for his “long and distinguished contribution to the Australian public service”.

Lloyd has worked at the deputy secretary level in Canberra in a three-year stint at the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. He’s been a senior deputy president at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and head of the Australian Building and Construction Commission for five years, the contentions John Howard-era body abolished by Labor but due to be revived by the Abbott government.

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