Organisation Charts

DSS Executive

Secretary – Finn Pratt

Deputy Secretaries reporting to the Secretary

  • Deputy Secretary – Serena Wilson, Social Security
  • Deputy Secretary – Barbara Bennett, Families & Communities
  • Deputy Secretary - Jackie Wilson, Early Childhood & Child Care
  • Deputy Secretary & Chief Operating Officer – Michael Lye, Acting, Corporate & Delivery
  • Deputy Secretary – Felicity Hand, Disabilities & Housing
  • Deputy Secretary – Fiona Buffinton, Acting, Ageing & Aged Care (Dr Margot McCarthy from 17 August)

Deputy Secretary Areas of Responsibility

Deputy Secretary – Serena Wilson, Social Security

Payments Policy – Cath Halbert, Group Manager

  • Labour Market Payments Policy – Emma-Kate McGuirk, Branch Manager 
  • Age, Disability & Carer Payments Policy – Russell De Burgh, Branch Manager 
  • Family & Students Payments Policy – Ty Emerson, Branch Manager

Social Security Policy – Paul McBride, Group Manager 

  • Rates & Means Testing Policy – Andrew Whitecross, Branch Manager 
  • Eligibility & Participation Policy – Mary McLarty, Branch Manager 
  • 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

Deputy Secretary – Barbara Bennett, Families & Communities

Multicultural, Settlement Services & Communities – Evan Lewis, Group Manager 

  • Multicultural & Communities – Laura Angus, Branch Manager 
  • Settlement – Kris Cala, Branch Manager

Programme Office – Tim Reddel, Group Manager (Christine Bruce Acting until 25 August)

  • Programme Design & Policy – Christine Bruce, Branch Manager (Beth Arnold Acting 3 August to 25 August)
  • Programme Systems & Strategy – Stacey Pondes, Branch Manager
  • Programme Support & Selections – Leo Kennedy, Branch Manager
  • Programme Performance – Helen Board, Branch Manager
  • Programme Management Transition Team - Greg Keen, Branch Manager

Families – Ros Baxter, Group Manager

  • Birth & Adoption – Flora Carapellucci, Branch Manager
  • Families & Children – Tracy Creech, Acting Branch Manager
  • Financial Capability & Childrens Policy – Lara Purdy, Branch Manager

Principle Adviser, Family Safety - Cate McKenzie, Group Manager

  • Phil Brown - Family Safety, Branch Manager

Deputy Secretary – Jackie Wilson, Early Childhood & Child Care

Early Childhood Initiatives – Gillian Mitchell, Acting Group Manager (Joanna Stanion Acting)

  • Quality, Coordination & Evaluation – Ben Vincent, Branch Manager
  • Stakeholder Engagement & Budget Based Funded – Joanna Stanion, Branch Manager (Anne Twyman Acting)
  • Inclusion Support & Budget – Robyn Priddle, Branch Manager

Early Childhood Care Support – Margaret Pearce, Group Manager

  • Child Care Services Support – Deb Rollings, Branch Manager
  • Child Care Payments Compliance – Suzanne Northcott, Branch Manager
  • Child Care Payments Policy – Dave Agnew, Branch Manager

Early Childhood Strategy – David De Silva, Group Manager (Gillian Mitchell Acting)

  • IT Solutions & Governance – Joan ten Brummelaar, Branch Manager
  • Legislation Reform – Jeff Willing, Branch Manager
  • Child Care Safety Net – Matthew Hardy, Branch Manager

Deputy Secretary & Chief Operating Officer – Michael Lye, Acting, Corporate & Delivery

Delivery Strategy & Operations – Michael Maynard, Group Manager

  • Early Childhood & Child Care Compliance Operations – Chris Sheedy
  • National Delivery – Chantelle Stratford, 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 – Janet Stodulka, Acting State Manager

Finance & Services – Scott Dilley, Group Manager 

  • Financial Accounting – Stephen Sheehan, Branch Manager
  • Financial Management – Helen Martin, Acting Branch Manager 
  • Budget Development – Tracey Carroll, Branch Manager
  • Property, Environment, Procurement & Security - Peter Broadhead, Branch Manager

Legal Services – Janean Richards, Chief Legal Counsel & Group Manager

  • Investigations & Aged Care Law – Matthew Roper, Deputy Chief Legal Counsel & Branch Manager
  • Portfolio Governance, Welfare & Employment Law– Joanna Carey, Deputy Chief Legal Counsel & Branch Manager
  • Commercial, Child Care & Disability & Information Law – Alan Grinsell-Jones, Branch Manager
  • Corporate Service Improvement Project – Helen Duke, Acting Branch Manager

Corporate Support – Margaret McKinnon, Group Manager

  • Ministerial, Parliamentary & Executive Support – Diana Lindenmayer, Branch Manager
  • People – Andy Paras, Acting Branch Manager (Sharon Bailey from 24 August)
  • Communication Campaigns – Tracey Bell, Branch Manager
  • Project, Risk & Deregulation - Ailsa Borwick, Branch Manager

Information Management & Technology – Peter Qui, Group Manager

  • Corporate & Data Services – Sebastian Hood, Branch Manager
  • Digital Busines Solutions – Watson Blaikie, Branch Manager
  • IT Operations – Robert Michie, Acting Branch Manager
  • Client Services – Michael Gately, Branch Manager
  • Application Delivery – Sharon McCarter, Branch Manager

Deputy Secretary – Felicity Hand, Disabilities & Housing

Housing, Homelessness & Assurance – Iain Scott, Group Manager

  • NRAS – Damian Coburn, Branch Manager
  • Housing & Homelessness – Stewart Thomas, Branch Manager
  • Assurance – Jan Lawless,  Branch Manager
  • Programme Assurance & Gambling - Lyn Murphy, Branch Manager

Disability, Employment & Carers – James Christian, Group Manager

  • Disability & Employment Sector Reform – Warren Pearson, Branch Manager
  • Disability, Carer Policy & Access – Lis Kelly, Branch Manager
  • Mental Health – Russell Ayres, Branch Manager
  • Disability Employment Services Programme – Mitchell Cole, Acting Branch Manager (15 June – 9 November)
  • Disability Employment Services Policy – Sharon Stuart, Branch Manager
  • Disability Employment Taskforce – John Riley, Branch Manager

NDIS – Helen McDevitt, Group Manager

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

NDIS – Bryan Palmer, Group Manager

  • Policy & Legislation – Alison Smith, Branch Manager (part-time)
  • Policy & Legislation – Bruce Smith, Branch Manager

NDIS – Nick Hartland, Group Manager

Deputy Secretary - Fiona Buffinton, Acting, Ageing & Aged Care (Dr Margot McCarthy from 17 August)

Aged Care Policy & Reform – Rachel Balmanno, Group Manager

  • Aged Care Policy – Sharon Rose, Branch Manager
  • Funding Policy & Legislation – Nigel Murray, Branch Manager
  • Home Care Reform & Sector Engagement - Shona McQueen, Branch Manager

Access, Quality & Compliance – Fiona Buffington, Group Manager (Craig Harris Acting 29 July to 14 August)

  • Aged Care Complaints – Shona Molony, Branch Manager
  • Prudential & Approved Provider Regulation – David Laffan, Acting Branch Manager
  • Quality & Regulatory Policy – Michael Culhane, Branch Manager
  • Access Reform - Craig Harris, Branch Manager (Paul Hutchinson Acting 29 July to 14 August)

Ageing & Aged Care Services – Donna Moody, Group Manager

  • Home Support – Karen Pickering, Branch Manager
  • Ageing & Sector Support – Lou O’Neill, Branch Manager
  • Residential & Flexible Care – Kerrie Westcott, Acting Branch Manager

The Department of Social Services Portfolio Bodies and Statutory Office Holders

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