Hunt continues for new NCA chief

The Australian government says candidates have two weeks left to apply for the position of Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority, to take over from Sally Barnes.

Sally Barnes: retiring on February 29

As a federal statutory authority, the National Capital Authority (NCA) is responsible for developing and maintaining the national capital and supporting Canberra’s heritage.

The NCA Board is made up of a Chair, Chief Executive and three additional members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor-General on advice from the government, with the CEO responsible for the strategic management of the authority.

local government minister Kristy McBain  said the agency oversees a diverse range of areas including maintaining the strategic plan for Canberra in line with the National Capital Plan as the Territory continues to grow, and managing local government functions on NCA land.

Ms Barnes, the former director of National Parks at Parks Australia and the CEO of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, last month announced her resignation effective on February 29 2024.

 “Following Ms Barnes’ decision to retire, we are searching for a new Chief Executive to oversee the NCA’s role in developing and maintaining the National Capital for current and future generations,” Ms McBain said in a statement.

“Our ideal candidate will have the necessary experience in government administration, strategic engagement and communication, and strategic leadership to deliver on important projects and help nurture Canberra’s unique culture and heritage.”

Applications close on November 19.

First stand alone domestic violence commissioner appointed in NSW

Meanwhile, barrister and human rights advocate Hannah Tonkin has become Australia’s first stand-alone domestic violence commissioner.

Hannah Tonkin

Dr Tonkin previously held a dual role as NSW Women’s Safety Commissioner and Commissioner and Executive Director of Women, Family and Community Safety in the Department of Communities and Justice.

On Tuesday domestic violence minister Jodie Harrison announced Dr Tonkin will now lead a whole-of-government approach to domestic, family and sexual violence as the state’s dedicated Women’s Safety Commissioner.

In the role, she’ll focus on early intervention and play a key role in implementing the state’s new coercive control laws which come into effect in the middle of 2024, Ms Harrison said.

She’s also tasked with overseeing government domestic violence policies and programs and mainstream services, promoting awareness and public engagement, and ensuring a voice for victims.

Dr Tonkin said domestic, family and sexual violence has a devastating impact on victims and the broader community.

“The creation of the stand-alone Commissioner role will ensure that I am best positioned to deliver this significant remit and drive change to improve women’s safety, by strengthening interagency coordination and collaboration across government.”

The appointment has been commended by Domestic Violence NSW.

“This move recognises the critical need for strong and focused leadership across all government agencies, working in close collaboration with the domestic, family and sexual violence sector,” said CEO Delia Donovan.

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