Victorian DPC shake-up: Chris Eccles rings in the changes

EXCLUSIVE: The new broom at Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet has begun sweeping. Chris Eccles announces the biggest shake-up bureaucrats have seen.

New Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is making his mark on the bureaucracy, with hand-picked public service chief Chris Eccles launching a radical restructure of the Department of Premier and Cabinet yesterday.

The Mandarin understands the department’s three deputy secretaries — Brendan Flynn (policy and cabinet group), Joanne de Morton (governance and operations group) and Mark Duckworth (intergovernmental relations and citizenship group, acting) — have been moved on and given other senior roles within the department.

A new management line will be appointed. But Eccles (pictured), a new recruit from the New South Wales public service, told staff yesterday there would be no job losses.

It’s understood a new structure — effective from March 2 — has been built around policy priorities for the new government, decentralising some functions to spread out the responsibility.

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