ACT's Bronwen Overton-Clarke calls it a day

By The Mandarin

December 4, 2017

Bronwen Overton-Clarke, the ACT’s equivalent of a public sector commissioner and architect of its new Public Sector Management Act, has retired after 31 years in the service.

ACT Head of Service Kathy Leigh congratulated Overton-Clarke for her contribution with an email to all territory employees on Friday.

“After 31 years in the ACT Public Service, Bronwen Overton-Clarke, ACT Public Sector Standards Commissioner and Deputy Director-General, Workforce Capability and Governance CMTEDD, is retiring today.

“Bronwen has made an outstanding contribution to the ACT Public Service in the areas of public administration and service delivery.

“As Public Sector Standards Commissioner, Bronwen has led many initiatives to modernise the ACT Public Service employment framework, to strengthen the capability of the workforce and deliver on the commitment to increase equity and diversity in the public service.

“In 2016 Bronwen led major changes to the Public Sector Management Act. These were the most comprehensive public sector reforms in over 20 years. These reforms embed the ACT Public Service Values and Signature Behaviours into legislation and reinforce the ‘one service’ model to promote a whole of government focus, cooperation and collegiality as well as mobility across the service.

“Please join me in congratulating Bronwen on her outstanding career and thanking her for her contribution to the ACT Public Service and the ACT community.”

Her departure also ends an oddity of the ACT’s new service structure: a part-time role of Public Sector Standards Commissioner that is intentionally independent of the public service, and a deputy director-general role that is part of the chief minister’s portfolio.

Ian McPhee, the former Commonwealth Auditor-General, will take over as Public Sector Standards Commissioner in January — but not the DDG role.

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