Justice advocate to head NSW public service

In the latest appointments:

  • New Public Service Commissioner for NSW
  • New head for Tasmanian integrity watchdog


Kathrina Lo to lead NSW Public Service Commission

Former NSW DCJ deputy secretary Kathrina Lo takes up a new role as NSW Public Service Commissioner today.

Special Minister of State, Don Harwin says Ms Lo has been a champion of initiatives to provide access to justice who will drive renewal in the state’s public service.

Kathrina Lo

Her public sector career has covered areas including legal, policy and strategy, diversity and inclusion, performance auditing and service delivery across various portfolios, including policing.

“As a former Deputy Secretary in the Department of Communities and Justice, Ms Lo has been responsible for leading significant reforms to the NSW justice system,” Mr Harwin said.

“Her experience will be invaluable in continuing to reshape the NSW public service so it can deliver innovation and customer service, while always promoting the highest levels of integrity, accountability and leadership.”

Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tim Reardon, said Ms Lo’s experience at both the Commonwealth and state levels provide strong leadership and drive change.

“With a significant frontline workforce – doctors, nurses, ambulance officers, health workers, police, teachers, bus and train drivers, community service workers – the role of the NSW public service is never more important than right now,” Mr Reardon said.

New Integrity Commission head for Tasmania

The current director of operations at the Tasmania’s Integrity Commission Michael Easton has been appointed as CEO of the organisation.

Mr Easton, who has led operations at the watchdog since 2015 and acted as CEO between October 2015 and July 2017, will be responsible for oversight of financial and administrative operations at the Commission.

The Integrity Commission is charged with ensuring high ethical standards in Tasmania’s public authorities.

Mr Easton replaces Richard Bingham, who has led the Commission since 1 July 2017.


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