Organisational Structure

DSS Executive

Secretary – Kathryn Campbell

Executives reporting to the Secretary

  • Deputy Secretary – Nathan Williamson, Social Security
  • Deputy Secretary – Liz Hefren-Webb, Families and Communities
  • Chief Operating Officer – Margaret McKinnon
  • Acting Deputy Secretary – Peter Broadhead, Disability and Carers

Executive Areas of Responsibility

Social Security – Nathan Williamson, Deputy Secretary

Participation Payments and Families – Shane Bennett, Group Manager

  • Participation and Supplementary Payments – Kath Paton, Branch Manager
  • Study and Compliance – Vanessa Lapthorne, Branch Manager
  • Families and Payment Support – Tim Crosier, Acting Branch Manager

Pensions – Emma Kate McGuirk, Acting Group Manager

  • Older Australians – Mary McLarty, Branch Manager
  • Carer and Disability Payments – Andrew Seebach, Branch Manager

Housing and Homelessness – Brenton Philp, Group Manager

  • Housing and Homelessness Policy – Veronica Westacott, Acting Branch Manager
  • Housing and Homelessness Program Delivery – Ross Schafer, Branch Manager
  • Housing Taskforce – Sidesh Naikar, Branch Manager

Analysis Evaluation and Data – Troy Sloan, Group Manager

  • Policy Analysis and Reporting – Jillian Moses, Branch Manager
  • Policy Strategy and Investment – Peter Deakin, Acting Branch Manager
  • Data Strategy and Development – David Dennis, Branch Manager
  • Data Exchange – Rob Stedman, Branch Manager

Finance – Andrew Harvey, Chief Finance Officer and Group Manager

  • Budget Development – Russell de Burgh, Branch Manager
  • Financial Services – Vanessa Berry, Branch Manager
  • Financial Management – Cheryl-Anne Navarro, Branch Manager

Families and Communities – Liz Hefren-Webb, Deputy Secretary

Redress – Bruce Taloni, Group Manager

  • Redress Policy and Legislation – Sharon Stuart, Branch Manager
  • Redress Implementation – Peter Arnaudo, Branch Manager
  • DHS Engagement – Tracy Creech, Branch Manager

Communities – Teena Blewitt, Group Manager

  • Community Cohesion - Sarah Guise, Branch Manager
  • Grant Management Office – Carolyn Paterson, Branch Manager
  • Financial Wellbeing – Lisa La Rance, Branch Manager
  • Welfare Quarantining – Selena Pattrick, Branch Manager

Families – Lisa Foreman, Group Manager

  • Family Policy – Lisha Jackman, Branch Manager
  • Family Safety – Chantelle Stratford, Branch Manager
  • Children’s Policy – Sarah Peascod, Acting Branch Manager

Families Taskforce – Eliza Strapp, Acting Group Manager

Chief Operating Officer – Margaret McKinnon

Community Grants Hub – Richard Baumgart, Acting Group Manager

  • Hub Strategy – Kristen Owen, Acting Branch Manager
  • Hub Operations – Alison Beasley, Acting Branch Manager
  • Client Operations – Cathie Albers, Acting Branch Manager
  • Central Region (NSW/ACT) – Jodi Cassar, Branch Manager
  • Northern Region (QLD/NT) – Christian Callisen, Branch Manager
  • Southern Region (VIC/TAS) – Penny Fogarty, Acting Branch Manager
  • Western Region (SA/WA) – Warren Pearson, Branch Manager

Corporate and Governance – Jo Talbot, Group Manager

  • Communication Services – Tracey Bell, Branch Manager
  • People Services – Katrina Jocumsen, Branch Manager
  • Property and Security – Chris Mitchell, Branch Manager
  • Audit and Assurance – John Riley, Branch Manager
  • Governance – Greg Keen, Branch Manager

Government Executive Services – Liz Bundy, Branch Manager

Legal Services – Paul Menzies- McVey, Chief Counsel and Branch Manager

Information Technology – Peter Qui, Chief Information Officer and Group Manager

  • Digital Business Solutions – Alex McKellar, Acting Branch Manager
  • IT Operations – Dayne Da Pozzo, Branch Manager
  • Corporate and Data Services – Steve McCauley, Branch Manager

Disability and Carers – Peter Broadhead, Acting Deputy Secretary

Market Capability – Andrew Whitecross, Group Manager

  • Market Development – Thomas Abhayaratna, Branch Manager
  • Market Quality – Melanie Metz, Branch Manager

Participants and Performance – Julie Yeend, Acting Group Manager (From 13 January 2020)

  • Participant Outcomes – Sarah Hawke, Acting Branch Manager
  • NDIS Finance and Performance – Emily Hurley, Branch Manager
  • NDIS Governance – Russell Herald, Acting Branch Manager

Disability, Employment and Carers – George Sotiropoulos, Group Manager

  • Advocacy and Inclusion – Anita Davis, Branch Manager
  • Carer Reform – Catherine Reid, Branch Manager
  • Disability Employment Services – Trish Drury, Acting Branch Manager
  • Disability Employment Taskforce – Phil Brown, Branch Manager

Commonwealth/State Policy – Flora Carapellucci, Group Manager

  • Mainstream Policy – Chris D’Souza, Branch Manager
  • Mainstream Interface – Katrina Chatham, Branch Manager
  • Disability Policy – Stephen Moger, Branch Manager

The Department of Social Services Portfolio Bodies and Statutory Office Holders

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