Kathryn Campbell

Kathryn Jane Campbell, AO, CSC is a senior Australian public servant and an officer in the Australian Army Reserve. She was the Secretary of the Department of Human Services from March 2011 to September 2017 when she become the Secretary of the Department of Social Services.[1] On 4 June 2018 Campbell was announced as the next commander of the 2nd Division on promotion to major general; the first woman to be appointed to the role.


Kathryn Campbell

Secretary of the Department of Human Services
In office
7 March 2011  17 September 2017
Preceded byFinn Pratt
Succeeded byRenée Leon
Secretary of the Department of Social Services
Assumed office
18 September 2017
Preceded byFinn Pratt
Personal details
NationalityAustralian
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales
OccupationPublic servant
Civilian awardsOfficer of the Order of Australia
Military service
AllegianceAustralia
Branch/serviceAustralian Army Reserve
Years of service1989–
RankMajor General
Commands2nd Division (2018–)
5th Brigade (2014–16)
Sydney University Regiment (2007–09)
Battles/warsOperation Okra
Military awardsConspicuous Service Cross

Life and career

Between 2005 and 2010, Campbell was Deputy Secretary of the Budget and Financial Management Groups in the Department of Finance and Deregulation, and from 2010 to 2011, Campbell was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.[2]

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced Campbell's appointment as Secretary of the Department of Human Services in late December 2010,[3] responsible for delivering the Australian Government's Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support programs, along with a number of smaller programs.[4] Campbell commenced those duties on 7 March 2011.

On 7 September 2017, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Campbell's appointment as Secretary of the Department of Social Services, commencing 18 September.[5]

On 4 June 2018 Campbell was announced as the next commander of the 2nd Division on promotion to major general; the first woman to be appointed to the role.

Beginning in 2016, Centrelink became embroiled in a debt recovery controversy after it began historic matching of welfare recipient's records against data from the Australian Tax Office.[6] Appearing before a Senate committee inquiry into the program in March 2017, Campbell stated "The view of the department is that there are a number of refinements that need to be made—those refinements are being made—and that the system should continue."[7]

Prior to the debt recovery controversy, Campbell was regarded as a top candidate for the role of Department of Defence secretary.[8]

Awards

Campbell was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in June 2010 for outstanding achievement as the Commanding Officer of the Sydney University Regiment,[9] and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australia Day Honours in recognition of her "distinguished service to public administration through senior roles with government departments, and to the Australian Army Reserve."[10]

References

  1. McIlroy, Tom (7 September 2017). "Immigration boss Michael Pezzullo to lead new Home Affairs Department". Canberra Times. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. Kathryn Campbell, Chief Executive Women, archived from the original on 12 March 2015
  3. Gillard, Julia (21 December 2010). "Departmental Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 19 February 2015.
  4. Australian Public Service Commission (2014), Australian Government Leadership Network Annual Conference: Towards Excellence, Building Capacity for Change (PDF), Australian Government, p. 5, archived from the original (PDF) on 29 July 2015
  5. "Departmental Secretaries" (Press release).
  6. Belot, Henry (12 January 2017). "Centrelink debt recovery: Government knew of potential problems with automated program". ABC News. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  7. "Community Affairs References Committee". 8 March 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  8. Waterford, Jack (10 March 2017). "Centrelink's doomed brigadier, Kathryn Campbell, stares down the hordes". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  9. "Search Australian Honours, Name: CAMPBELL, Kathryn Jane, Award: Conspicuous Service Cross", itsanhonour.gov.au, Australian Government, archived from the original on 29 July 2015
  10. "Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). Australia Day 2019 Honours List. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
Government offices
Preceded by
Finn Pratt
Secretary of the Department of Human Services
2011–2017
Succeeded by
Renée Leon
Secretary of the Department of Social Services
2017–present
Incumbent
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