05.11.2015

Poisoned chalice? NSW Parliament chief to lead federal equivalent


Robert Stefanic, head of the New South Wales Department of Parliamentary Services, has been appointed to lead the equivalent federal agency.

Stefanic’s predecessor claimed she was warned never to take on the job and suggested it was impossible to perform successfully under current governance arrangements. He will certainly have his work cut out for him to impress senators who will eventually scrutinise his performance. Members of the Finance and Public Administration committee commented earlier in the year that the department had low morale and a poor reputation, which made it difficult to recruit senior staff.

Stefanic has led the NSW agency since 2011, after almost three years as its chief information officer.

Robert Stefanic

Robert Stefanic

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