WA names new Jobs and Tourism boss

By David Donaldson

August 23, 2018

The West Australian government has named Rebecca Brown as the new director general of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Rebecca Brown

She takes over from Acting DG Joe Ostojich, who has been in place since Stephen Wood was sacked in April over dissatisfaction with the way tourism was being managed.

Brown was appointed after a formal process run by the Public Sector Commission and will commence in the role on September 3, 2018.

Most recently, she served as deputy director general at the Department of Health, “where she oversaw transformational change to deliver better outcomes for the community”, said Acting Premier Roger Cook on Tuesday.

“I congratulate Ms Brown on her appointment. She has extensive experience across the public sector, holding senior positions in a range of departments and has a strong record in delivering real outcomes.

“The state government’s key objective is to diversify the economy and create jobs for Western Australians across a range of industries,” he said.

“As director general of JTSI, she will ensure the state government can capitalise on the growth in new and emerging industries, such as lithium, to support the economy and create new jobs.”

She has previously served as deputy director general in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and has held numerous senior roles within the state government.

Brown will be responsible for attracting investment to WA, and overseeing the state government’s agenda to diversify the economy and create jobs for Western Australians.

An announcement regarding the new managing director of tourism will be made in coming weeks, says the government.

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