PSsst! Shivering in their boots

By The Mandarin

July 15, 2021

Commander 2nd Division, Major General Kathryn Campbell, AO, CSC, inspects soldiers from 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers at the Lancer Barracks Bicentennial parade held at Parramatta, New South Wales.
DFAT, you’re next. Commander 2nd Division, Major General Kathryn Campbell, AO, CSC, inspects soldiers from 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers at the Lancer Barracks Bicentennial parade. (Defence)

Flying the coop

CASA, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, is taking flight to new premises — but not just yet.

CASA headquarters having passed its use-by date inside Aviation House in Canberra’s Woden district (Phillip) has long been talked about.

Deliberations have been underway for the past year or two over whether to renovate or move. And if moving, then where to?

A decision has been made.

Staff have been informed that the 250 or so who work in HQ will be relocating to the swanky Marcus Clarke Street in Canberra’s CBD. The top three floors of number 18 no less.

But the move won’t be happening for another two-and-a-half years.

The old lease is up, the new lease is sorted, but no one is going anywhere just yet.

That might come as some relief to a lot of CASA employees. A staff survey asking opinions on what should happen re relocating or renovating found that two-thirds of them didn’t want to leave Aviation House where they currently are.

They’ve got until the end or 2023 to get used to the idea and to start packing boxes.

Foreign feelings

Word is that the DFAT hierarchy is ‘shivering in their boots’ over incoming new boss Kathryn Campbell. The Army Reserve officer is being ‘fondly’ referred to by some as the ‘Cut Lunch Commando’, which is a well-used slang term for reservists. She is sure, however, to bring a completely different leadership style than that of her predecessor, Frances Adamson. Diplomatic types have a hard time handling change at the best of times. This one is a biggun’ and will have a significant impact on DFAT culture.  

London calling

Australia’s accountants are used to the fact that they ‘download’ much of their existing accounting guidance from the International Accounting Standards Board in London, but folks might not be familiar with the fact that there is a new face at the top of the standard-setting sausage machine. Academic Andreas Barckow has put his feet under the desk this month as the new chair of the IASB. His predecessor, Hans Hoogervorst, has served two five-year terms as chair. 

 

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