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Agency heads out amid NSW machinery of government change

Mark Paterson
Mark Paterson

Mark Paterson and Phil Gaetjens are leaving the upper echelons of the NSW public service, amid post-election machinery of government changes. Here are the full list of agency name changes, transfers and mergers.

Mark Paterson is to step down as secretary of the Department of Trade and Investment following a post-election machinery of government restructure in New South Wales.

Previously Paterson has been secretary and chief executive of the Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, as well as secretary of the former Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources and chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In addition, Treasury secretary Phil Gaetjens is resigning to return to Canberra, where his family is based.

Gaetjens was previously secretary of the GST Distribution Review in the Australian Treasury. He also established and headed the APEC Policy Support Unit, which provides analytical and research capability in support of APEC’s work on economic, trade and investment issues. From 1997 to 2007 he was chief of staff in the office of treasurer Peter Costello. He has also held senior positions in the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services is to be abolished. Simon Smith will take over from Paterson, becoming the secretary of the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development when Paterson leaves in June.

Smith has been the chief executive of the Office of Finance and Services since 2014. He joined the NSW public service in 1994. Prior to his current role, he acted as secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet for five months, and before that was Deputy Secretary, Productivity and Sustainability Group, in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

A Department of Finance, Services and Innovation will also be created by renaming of the Office of Finance and Services.

The Department of Police and Emergency Services is to be absorbed by the Department of Justice.

The government said in a media release it will begin a recruitment process to fill the positions of Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of the Department of Transport, and Secretary of the newly created Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.

In the carve-up of the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, the Investment Attraction and Development Branch, as well as the Trade and Tourism and Major Events portfolios will be transferred to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing and the Arts portfolio in the DTIRIS will be moved to the Department of Justice. The remaining parts of the abolished department will transfer to the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development.

The name of the Department of Family and Community Services will be changed to the Department of Communities.  The Office of Communities (except the Office of Aboriginal Affairs) is to be transferred from the Department of Education and Communities to the Department of Communities.

The name of the Department of Education and Communities will be changed to the Department of Education. The Office of Veteran’s Affairs is transferred from the Department of Premier and Cabinet to the Department of Justice.

Women NSW is transferred from the Department of Family and Community Services to the Ministry of Health.

In addition, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority will be transferred from the Department of Planning and Environment to the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.

Author Bio

David Donaldson

David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Melbourne.