Helen Silver is currently chief general manager of the Workers’ Compensation Division at Allianz Australia, with a major role in the oversight and delivery of workers’ compensation services for Allianz across Australia.
Silver has held senior positions in both the Victorian and Commonwealth public services. As secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria, Silver has led the Victorian Public Service through significant crises events such as the Black Saturday bushfires; managed the transition of an incoming government and premier; and has led negotiations on a range of Commonwealth/state issues including health, water, transport and taxation reform, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Gonski education reforms. Silver stepped down as secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in April, however has assisted in the leadership transition to ensure seamless delivery of support to the Victorian government.
Prior to her role as DPC secretary, Silver was general manager, government business at National Australia Bank. She was deputy secretary in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, deputy CEO at the Victorian WorkCover Authority and assistant commissioner at the Productivity Commission. She is a national fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and a vice-chancellor’s professorial fellow at Monash University.