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Wednesday, 20 June 2012
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Human Services

(Question No. 1835)

Senator Johnston asked the Minister for Human Services, upon notice, on 10 May 2012:

(1)   What are the formal roles and responsibilities of the position Special Advisor to the Secretary.

(2)   Who occupies this position.

Senator Kim Carr: The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The formal roles and responsibilities of the Special Advisor to the Secretary for 2011-2012 are:

complete integration of the Child Support Program into the Department of Human Services by 31 October 2011;

maintain high quality program operations in the lead up to and during integration;

support Associate Secretary and relevant Deputy Secretaries in leading the Child Support Program during and following integration; and

provide advice and support to the Secretary, Associate Secretary and Executive Committee members on service delivery matters.

This position is currently occupied by Philippa Godwin, Deputy Secretary. Ms Godwin will proceed on leave on 15 June 2012 before retiring.