What Jane did next — life after bureaucracy for Finance boss

By Harley Dennett

Friday October 21, 2016

Jane Halton, the outgoing secretary of the federal Department of Finance, has been quickly snapped up for her first post-bureaucracy gig.

Banking pillar ANZ has picked up Halton for its board, effective immediately. It comes just days after Halton delivered her valedictory address to public servants in Canberra, where she was also named as a new IPAA national fellow.

The breadth of responsibilities Halton held while running the Finance and Health department over a 15 year period appears to have impressed ANZ chair David Gonski.

“I am delighted to have Jane join the ANZ board,” Gonski said in a statement Friday morning. “Her experience in finance, insurance, risk management, information technology, human resources, health and ageing and public policy and her international experience will be of significant benefit to the board.”

Some of the interesting achievements and trends that occurred during her stewardship of the Finance portfolio include implementation of the PGPA Act reform of federal accountability, rethinking red tape, increasingly paperless processes, a push to greater digital interoperability, and Operation Tetris — a personal favourite of The Mandarin and Senate estimates — a shake-up the non-Defence property management of federal agencies, initially in Canberra, and now rolling out across the country.

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