Organisation Charts

DSS Portfolio Structure – April 2014

DSS Executive

Secretary – Finn Pratt

Deputy Secretaries reporting to the Secretary

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Deputy Secretary Areas of Responsibility

Deputy Secretary – Serena Wilson

Payments Policy – Cath Halbert

  • Labour Market Payments Policy – Ty Emerson, Branch Manager
  • Age, Disability & Carer Payments Policy – Michalina Stawyskyj, Branch Manager
  • Family & Students Payments Policy – Flora Carapellucci, Branch Manager (Diana Lindenmayer Acting)

Social Security Policy – Paul McBride, Group Manager (Alanna Foster Acting to mid 2014)

  • Rates and Means Test Policy – Andrew Whitecross, Branch Manager (Ian Joyce Acting)
  • Eligibility & Participation Policy – Alanna Foster, Branch Manager (TBC Acting)
  • Social Security Performance & Analysis – Murray Kimber, Branch Manager

Policy Office – Sean Innis, Group Manager

  • Strategic Policy & Research – Allyson Essex, Branch Manager
  • Longitudinal Studies, Evaluation & Policy Capability – Kathryn Mandla, Branch Manager (Fiona Sawyers Acting to 12 May)
  • Data & Modelling – David Dennis, Branch Manager

Welfare System Taskforce (to mid 2014) – Paul McBride, Group Manager

  • Welfare System Taskforce – Flora Carapellucci, Branch Manager
  • Welfare System Taskforce – Andrew Whitecross, Branch Manager

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Deputy Secretary – Barbara Bennett

Women & Childrens Safety, Communities – Cate McKenzie, Group Manager

  • Children’s Policy – Angela Hope, Acting Branch Manager
  • Family Safety – Jill Farrelly, Branch Manager

Programme Office – Tim Reddel, Group Manager

  • Civil Society & Programme Delivery Policy – Trish Woolley, Branch Manager
  • Programme Systems & Strategy – Chantelle Stratford, Acting Branch Manager
  • Programme Operations – Leo Kennedy, Branch Manager
  • Programme Performance – Helen Board, Branch Manager

Settlement & Multicultural Affairs – Robert Hoitink, Group Manager


  • Multicultural & Settlement Policy – Warren Pearson, Branch Manager
  • Settlement & Multicultural Programmes – Kris Cala, Branch Manager

Families – Michael Lye, Group Manager (Liz Hefren-Webb Acting)

  • Parental Payments & Family Research – Phil Brown, Branch Manager
  • Family Support Program – Eliza Strapp, Acting Branch Manager
  • Welfare Payments Reform – Liz Hefren-Webb, Branch Manager (Lara Purdy Acting)

Project and Deregulation Office

  • Project and Deregulation Office – Janet Stodulka, Branch Manager
  • Project and Deregulation Office – Ros Baxter, Branch Manager

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Deputy Secretary & Chief Operating Officer – Michael Lye Acting

Delivery Strategy & Operations – James Christian, Group Manager

  • National Delivery – Dave Agnew, Branch Manager
  • Building DSS Delivery – Liz Stehr, Branch Manager
  • Northern Territory – Amanda Vallance, State Manager (Gayle de la Cruz Acting to 2 June)
  • South Australia – Christine Steele, State Manager
  • Victoria – Bernadette Ryan, State Manager
  • Tasmania – Anthony Speed, State Manager
  • New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory – Lucelle Veneros, State Manager
  • Western Australia – Helen Grinbergs, State Manager
  • Queensland – Liz Cain, State Manager

Building DSS (to May 2014) – Susan Black, Group Manager

Finance & Services – Steve Jennaway, Group Manager

  • Financial Accounting – Stephen Sheehan, Branch Manager
  • Financial Management – Kurt Munro, Branch Manager
  • Budget Development – Scott Dilley, Branch Manager
  • Property, Environment, Procurement & Security – Peter Broadhead, Branch Manager
  • MoG Transition – Helen Duke – Acting Branch Manager

Information Management & Technology – Peter Qui, Group Manager

  • Corporate & Data Services – Sebastian Hood, Branch Manager
  • pplication Services – Watson Blaikie, Branch Manager
  • IT Operations – Max Devereux, Branch Manager
  • Shared Services – Scott Glare, Branch Manager
  • Aged Care Business Systems – Sharon McCarter, Branch Manager

Corporate Support – Margaret McKinnon, Group Manager

  • Ministerial, Parliamentary & Executive Support – Sharon Bailey, Branch Manager
  • Communication & Media – Tracey Bell, Branch Manager
  • People – Shona Moloney, Branch Manager

Legal & Compliance – Janean Richards, Group Manager

  • Commercial & Aged Care Law – Matthew Roper, Branch Manager
  • Public Law – Joanna Carey, Branch Manager
  • Assurance – Jan Lawless, Branch Manager
  • SSAT Registrar – Louise Anderson, Branch Manager

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Deputy Secretary – Felicity Hand

Housing, Homelessness & Gambling – Bryan Palmer, Group Manager

  • Homelessness & Gambling – Amy Laffan Acting to May 2014
  • Housing & Analysis – John Riley, Branch Manager
  • Housing Affordability Programs – Kathryn Mandla, Branch Manager to 12 May 2014

Specialist Employment Services – Fiona Buffinton, Group Manager

  • Disability Employment Services Program – Lis Kelly, Branch Manager
  • Disability Employment Services Policy – Sharon Stuart, Branch Manager
  • Disability Employment Services Compliance – Lyn Murphy

Disability & Carers – Evan Lewis, Group Manager

  • Disability & Carers Policy – Karen Wilson, Branch Manager
  • Autism & Early Intervention – Mitchell Cole, Acting Branch Manager
  • BSWAT Employment Response Team – Laura Angus, Branch Manager
  • Mental Health – Karen Pickering, Branch Manager

NDIS – Nick Hartland, Group Manager

  • Policy & Legislation – Alison Smith, Branch Manager
  • Policy & Legislation – Bruce Smith, Branch Manager
  • Governance & Stakeholder Relations – Deborah Winkler, Branch Manager
  • Financial Policy & Performance – Jillian Moses, Branch Manager

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Deputy Secretary – Carolyn Smith Acting

Office of Aged Care Quality & Compliance – Iain Scott, Group Manager

  • Aged Care Complaints – Michael Culhane, Branch Manager
  • Prudential & Approved Provider Regulation – Damian Coburn, Branch Manager
  • Quality & Monitoring – Bernadette Walker, Acting Branch Manager
  • Senior Nurse Advisor – Susan Hunt, Branch Manager

Aged Care Policy & Reform – Carolyn Smith, Group Manager (Rachel Balmanno Acting)

  • Policy & Evaluation – Russell de Burgh, Branch Manager
  • Access Reform – Craig Harris, Branch Manager
  • Finance & Funding – Nigel Murray, Branch Manager
  • Transition Office – Rachel Balmanno, Branch Manager (Louise O’Neill Acting)

Ageing and Aged Care Services – Donna Moody

  • Home & Community Care – Ben Vincent, Branch Manager
  • Aged Care Programmes – Shona McQueen, Branch Manager
  • Ageing & Service Improvement – Shirley Browne, Branch Manager

The Department of Social Services Portfolio Bodies and Statutory Office Holders

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Content Updated: 22 April 2014