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Industry portfolio gets first shakeup, points way for APS restructures

David Hazelhurst, Industry Department Deputy Secretary

One of the rising stars of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is being moved to the Industry portfolio to head one of the federal government’s priority service delivery roles.

Former PM&C executive coordinator David Hazlehurst (pictured above, launching the Digital Transformation Office) will be bumped up to deputy secretary as he takes over the program and service delivery group as part of a shakeup at the Department of Industry and Science.

Glenys Beauchamp
Glenys Beauchamp

The changes were announced yesterday in a bulletin to staff from Industry and Science secretary Glenys Beauchamp. This is the first department to announce new changes since the release of the Secretaries Board guidance on organisational structures last week, prioritising flatter management.

Beauchamp’s new organisation restructure, prompted in part by former deputy secretary Martin Hoffman leaving at the end of this month to head up the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, will impact the reporting chain of nearly every branch of the department.

There will be just 14 division heads — down from 22 — who will now individually oversee significantly more of the general manager or equivalent direct reports than previously.

One division head and two general manager positions will be advertised:

  • Head of Division Science & Commercialisation Policy;
  • General Manager, ICT Operations; and
  • General Manager, Operations in the Anti-Dumping Authority (Melbourne)
Click to see the new organisational chart for the federal Department of Industry and Science.
Click to see the new organisational chart for the federal Department of Industry and Science.

The changes come into effect August 3, although the new recruits to the department won’t be available until August 10.

Beauchamp said the changes in the APS, including the introduction of the Digital Transformation Office and broader reforms through the APSC and Secretaries Board, would mean 2015-16 was set to be a busy year.

Bringing in Hazlehurst — the interim head of the DTO — to run service delivery recognised the importance of those roles and how they fit in with the government’s digital transformation agenda, Beauchamp said:

“David brings with him strong connections to the DTO and whole of government policy. I am keen to build on the good foundations put in place for this area and for business.gov and AusIndustry to become a centre of excellence in implementation and service delivery for the management of government programs and doing business in partnership with SMEs and industry groups. David will also be responsible for the digital agenda as well as taking the reins from Martin [Hoffman] as our innovation champion.”

Deputy secretary Sue Weston will move sideways, albeit with more responsibility, to take on the Sectoral Growth Policy and Science and Commercialisation Policy divisions along with the science agency divisions, having previously headed the group responsible for program delivery. She also keeps the corporate divisions. Beauchamp praised Weston for her work developing the new delivery arrangements that Hazlehurst will now oversee, and the machinery of government changes in recent years.

IP Australia director-general Patricia Kelly will take back the responsibility for Australia’s engagement with the SKA Project — that’s the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project — with many project staff remaining in the department under general manager David Luchetti.

John Ryan will take on the role of deputy chair, Assurance and Audit Committee, and David Hazlehurst will chair the ICT & Data Strategy Committee.

At IP Australia, Deb Anton — who was responsible for setting up the Entrepreneurs’ Program — will take the role of deputy director-general, policy and corporate, with her fellow DDG Fatima Beattie keeping responsibility for operational branches of patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeders’ rights.

Back from Washington DC, returning minister counsellor Michael Schwager will take over Anton’s Entrepreneurs’ Development Division.

Virginia Cook will be joining the ranks of the senior executive service having been promoted to general manager of communications, having come from PM&C where she took the lead for communications of Australia’s G20 presidency.

Beauchamp said a new Energy taskforce would bring in expertise from across government to address and influence international energy governance arrangements and address specifically Australia’s commitments under the International Energy Agency. John Ryan is taking on a key role as Australia’s Energy Envoy to take a more active role with key countries in the lead up to the IEA energy ministers’ meeting in November, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Beauchamp said she has also taken the opportunity to move some general managers for increased mobility and improve linkages across the department:

  • “Paul Trotman, having made a major contribution over 5 years to the negotiation of the free trade agreements, will move to Coal and Minerals Productivity branch in the Resources Division;
  • “Katherine Harman, also after a long stint in the Resources Division, will move to Corporate Division to see a number of significant projects to completion, including the future workplaces, Technology One projects and finalising arrangements with the review of Corporate Services; and
  • “Lisa Hind will move to the Victorian State office of AusIndustry following recent changes at AusIndustry. Lisa brings significant experience in complex stakeholder engagement to the role having assisted in the integration of the Anti-Dumping Commission into the portfolio.”

Author Bio

Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett is editor at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's held communications roles in the New South Wales public sector and Defence, and been a staff reporter for newspapers in Sydney and Washington DC.