Organisation Charts

DSS Executive

Secretary – Finn Pratt

Deputy Secretaries reporting to the Secretary

  • Deputy Secretary – Serena Wilson, Social Security
  • Deputy Secretary – Barbara Bennett, (Tim Reddel Acting 1-19 September) (Cate McKenzie Acting 22 September-10 October), Families & Communities
  • Deputy Secretary & Chief Operating Officer – Michael Lye Acting, (Janean Richards Acting 9-30 September), Corporate & Delivery
  • Deputy Secretary – Felicity Hand, (Nick Hartland Acting to 5 September) (Evan Lewis Acting from 8 September), Disabilities & Housing
  • Deputy Secretary – Carolyn Smith Acting, Ageing & Aged Care

Deputy Secretary Areas of Responsibility

Deputy Secretary – Serena Wilson, Social Security

Payments Policy – Cath Halbert - Group Manager (Ty Emerson Acting 1 September-6 October)

  • Labour Market Payments Policy – Ty Emerson, Branch Manager (Erin Rule Acting 1 September-6 October)
  • 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 late 2014)

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

Policy Office – Sean Innis, Group Manager

  • Policy Strategy – Allyson Essex, Branch Manager
  • Policy Systems – Kathryn Mandla, Branch Manager
  • Policy Evidence – David Dennis, Branch Manager

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

  • Welfare System Taskforce – Mary McLarty, Branch Manager

Welfare Reform – Andrew Whitecross, Acting Group Manager

  • Welfare Reform – Danielle Donegan, Acting Branch Manager

Deputy Secretary – Barbara Bennett, Families & Communities (Tim Reddel Acting 1-19 September) (Cat McKenzie Acting 22 September-10 October)

Multicultural, Settlement Services & Communities – Cate McKenzie, Group Manager (Warren Pearson Acting 22 September-10 October)

  • Multicultural & Communities – Warren Pearson, Branch Manager (Amy Prendergast Acting 22 September-10 October)
  • Settlement – Kris Cala, Branch Manager
  • Family Safety – Jill Farrelly, Branch Manager (Amy Laffan Acting 6 September-28 November)

Programme Office – Tim Reddel, Group Manager (Trish Woolley Acting 25 August-19 September)

  • Civil Society & Programme Delivery Policy – Trish Woolley, Branch Manager (Jennifer Kay Acting 25 August-19 September)
  • Programme Systems & Strategy – Chantelle Stratford, Acting Branch Manager
  • Programme Operations – Leo Kennedy, Branch Manager
  • Programme Performance – Helen Board, Branch Manager

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

  • Birth, Adoption & Care – Phil Brown, Branch Manager
  • Families & Children – Eliza Strapp, Acting Branch Manager
  • Financial & Social Capability – Liz Hefren-Webb, Branch Manager (Lara Purdy Acting)

Deputy Secretary & Chief Operating Officer – Michael Lye Acting, Corporate & Delivery (Janean Richards Acting 9-30 September)

Delivery Strategy & Operations – Iain Scott, Group Manager

  • National Delivery – Dave Agnew, Branch Manager
  • Delivery, Strategy & Performance – Beth Arnold, Acting Branch Manager
  • Northern Territory – Amanda Vallance, State Manager
  • 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

Finance & Services – Scott Dilley, Acting Group Manager

  • Financial Accounting – Stephen Sheehan, Branch Manager
  • Financial Management – Kurt Munro, Branch Manager (Helen Martin, Acting)
  • Budget Development – Scott Dilley, Branch Manager (Tracey Carroll, Acting)

Legal Services – Janean Richards, Chief Legal Counsel and Group Manager (Matthew Roper Acting 1-30 September)

  • Commercial & Aged Care Law – Matthew Roper, Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and Branch Manager (Lesley Dunstone Acting 1-19 September) (Clara Barlow Acting 22 September-10 October)
  • Public Law – Joanna Carey, Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and Branch Manager
  • SSAT Registrar – Louise Anderson, Branch Manager

Information Management & Technology – Peter Qui, Group Manager

  • Corporate & Data Services – Sebastian Hood, Branch Manager
  • Application Services – Watson Blaikie, Branch Manager
  • IT Operations – Helen Duke, Acting Branch Manager
  • Shared Services – Scott Glare, Branch Manager
  • Aged Care Business Systems – Sharon McCarter, Branch Manager

Corporate Support – Margaret McKinnon, Group Manager (Sharon Bailey Acting 15 September-14 October)

  • Ministerial, Parliamentary & Executive Support – Sharon Bailey, Branch Manager (Sandra van Aalst Acting 15 September-14 October)
  • Communication & Media – Tracey Bell, Branch Manager
  • People – Shona Moloney, Branch Manager
  • People Branch Projects – Shirley Browne, Branch Manager
  • Enterprise Agreement – Kurt Munro, Branch Manager

Deregulation, Assurance & Property – Steve Jennaway, Group Manager (Ros Baxter Acting 18 September-10 October)

  • Project & Deregulation Office –Tristan Reed, Acting Branch Manager
  • Project & Deregulation Office – Ros Baxter,  Branch Manager
  • Property, Environment, Procurement & Security – Peter Broadhead, Branch Manger
  • Assurance – Jan Lawless,  Branch Manager

Deputy Secretary – Felicity Hand, Disabilities & Housing (Nick Hartland Acting to 5 September) (Evan Lewis Acting from 8 September)

Housing, Homelessness & Gambling – Bryan Palmer, Group Manager

  • Homelessness, NRAS & Gambling – Susan Black, Principal Advisor
  • Housing & Analysis – John Riley, Branch Manager

Specialist Employment Services – Fiona Buffinton, Group Manager

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

Disability & Carers – Evan Lewis, Group Manager (Karen Wilson Acting from 8 September)

  • Disability & Carers Policy – Karen Wilson, Branch Manager (Craig Flintoft Acting from 8 September)
  • NDIS Transition & Disability Service – Mitchell Cole, Acting Branch Manager
  • BSWAT Employment Response Team – Laura Angus, Branch Manager
  • Mental Health – Karen Pickering, Branch Manager

NDIS – Nick Hartland, Group Manager (Deborah Winkler Acting to 5 September)

  • Policy & Legislation – Alison Smith, Branch Manager
  • Policy & Legislation – Bruce Smith, Branch Manager
  • Governance & Stakeholder Relations – Deborah Winkler, Branch Manager (Kath Paton Acting to 5 September)
  • Financial Policy & Performance – Jillian Moses, Branch Manager

Deputy Secretary – Carolyn Smith Acting, Ageing & Aged Care

Aged Care Quality & Compliance – James Christian, Group Manager

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

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

  • Policy – Russell de Burgh, Branch Manager
  • Access Reform – Craig Harris, Branch Manager
  • Financeing & Funding – Nigel Murray, Branch Manager
  • Reform Support & Engagement – Rachel Balmanno, Branch Manager (Kerrie Westcott Acting)

Ageing & Aged Care Services – Donna Moody, Group Manager

  • Home Support Implementation – Ben Vincent, Branch Manager
  • Aged Care Programmes – Shona McQueen, Branch Manager
  • Ageing & Sector Support – Louise O’Neill, Acting Branch Manager

The Department of Social Services Portfolio Bodies and Statutory Office Holders

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