The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.
Senior Executive Service
Andrew Warnes, Justine Jones and Claire Roennfeldt have been promoted to the position of first assistant secretary at the Department of Home Affairs.
The Department of Social Services has welcomed Sam Ursich from the Department of Health to its corporate communications team; and Julia Chandra from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to its housing and homelessness policy group.
Lasantha Samaranayake has moved from the National Library of Australia to join the Department of Finance as its assistant secretary — financial analysis, reporting & management.
Justine Hall has been elevated to general manager at IP Australia.
NSW Drug Court
Jane Mottley, who is currently serving as a deputy chief magistrate, will be sworn in as the senior judge of the NSW Drug Court on 9 August. She will replace the Drug Court’s incumbent senior judge, Roger Dive, who will retire from the bench.
Magistrate Mottley was admitted as a solicitor in 1989 and joined the bench in 2000. She has presided over matters in the state’s Children’s Court, local courts and on the Parkes hearing circuit.
In 2009 the judicial officer was appointed deputy chief magistrate, and she has sat as a judge of the NSW drug court since 2017.
NSW attorney general Mark Speakmen said Magistrate Mottley was an ideal candidate to replace Judge Dive.
“Her Honour’s warmth, insight and intelligence will be invaluable to an area of justice system which has a proven record of turning lives around,” Speakman said.
Magistrate Mottley thanked Judge Dive, who she described as ‘the father of the Drug Court’, and said she was delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the specialist jurisdiction.
“The Drug Court is genuinely a multi-agency partnership, involved not only in the administration of justice, but in delivering health and living outcomes that are not usually addressed through the normal processes of the justice system,” Ms Mottley said.
The Drug Court currently sits at Sydney, Parramatta and Toronto, and the NSW government has plans to open a new regional venue at Dubbo.
NSW space research network
The University of Sydney’s Professor Stefan Williams and UTS’ Professor Robert Fitch are the co-directors of a new space research network announced by the NSW government on Thursday.
The state government has committed $1.4 million to establish the group, which will be based at Tech Central and co-hosted by the two universities. The Tech Central precinct is also home to the NSW node of the SmartSat CRC and the new National Space Industry Hub.
According to NSW jobs and investment minister Stuart Ayres, the network will build on the state’s recently released space industry development strategy.
“The network will build on NSW’s cutting-edge space R&D to support NSW enterprise to compete both locally and globally by leveraging significant domestic and international funding opportunities,” Ayers said.
“NSW offers an extensive network of ground stations including CSIRO’s Australian Telescope National Facility installations at Narrabri, Coonabarabran and Parkes, the Optus Earth Station in Sydney and the Commonwealth Government’s defence satellite station in Wagga Wagga.”
Professor Williams said the network would play a key role in connecting stakeholders who would engage in research and development (R&D). Their efforts will focus on translation and impact, he added.
Co-director Professor Finch said that the network would help industry, government and research organisations to get involved in research collaboration, and secure exports and investment.
“The new network will support collaboration between government and industry to deliver space-focused research outcomes and research translation for NSW, Australia and the world,” Fitch said.
Lotterywest board appoints two new commissioners
Rubini Ventouras and Brianna Peake have been appointed as commissioners of the Lotterywest board. They replaced outgoing members Miriam Borthwick and Elisabeth McLellan on 21 June.
WA premier Mark McGowan said Ventouras and Peake were highly experienced professionals who would make a valuable contribution to the board.
“Last financial year, Lotterywest announced record sales of $1.057 billion and has delivered the COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has supported the WA community over the COVID-19 period,” McGowan said.
“The board commissioners are central to Lotterywest’s success, and I sincerely thank retiring members and welcome our new commissioners to these important roles.”
Ventouras has over 20 years experience working the legal and commercial world and is currently employed at Australian Capital Equity as its general counsel.
Peake has a background in corporate affairs, government and stakeholder relations. She works at CBH Group as its chief external relations officer.
“I thank and acknowledge both outgoing board members for their contributions to Lotterywest; Miriam Borthwick who has served on the board since 2015, and Elisabeth McLellan since 2018,” McGowan added.