[Ken Pettifer is acting Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education]
In January, I updated you about the Secretaries Board commitment to establish the Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design. Since then we have been busy with the various processes and procedural matters to get the Centre underway.
I can now provide advice about what has been happening in the establishment phase. At the May Secretaries Board meeting, our Secretary Dr Don Russell gained endorsement from his colleagues for the membership of the Board that will oversee the pilot Centre.
The members of the Board for the Centre are:
- Chair – Greg Smith, Adjunct Professor, Economic and Social Policy, Australian Catholic University (Canberra), Director for the Centre for Policy Development and member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission
- Michael D’Ascenzo AO, Commissioner of Taxation, Australian Taxation Office
- Jane Halton PSM, Secretary, Department of Health and Ageing
- Lisa Paul AO PSM, Secretary, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
- Dr Don Russell, Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
- Chris Lonchampt, private sector design and innovation thinker
- The CEO of the Centre
The Charter has been developed based on numerous consultations and discussions and builds on the extensive preparatory work that has been done by my staff. Given the pilot nature of the Centre, we see the Charter as a suitable framework for the work of the Centre.
I know that many of you are also interested to know the outcome of the process for engaging a CEO for the Centre. I am not in a position to announce the result of the selection process as yet. However, we do expect to announce the CEO shortly and expect the Centre will commence operations in June.