New Public Sector Commissioner pledges inclusivity

Senior public servant Brigid Monagle says she will use her new role as Victorian Public Sector Commissioner to make the state’s public service more inclusive.

Brigid Monagle

“Victoria’s public service is world-class, and I look forward to playing a role in maintaining the high degree of trust Victorians and government have in our public servants while helping to make the workforce more inclusive so we can deliver the best possible services for all Victorians,” she said in a statement.

Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson on Tuesday announced Ms Monagle had accepted the position and would move from her most recent role as Acting Secretary of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).

Ms Monagle has had extensive experience in leadership roles across the Victorian Public Service, serving as an Associate Secretary at DFFH and a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

In the second half of 2020, Ms Monagle was seconded to the then-Department of Health and Human Services to serve as Deputy Secretary, Public Health Policy and Strategy during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Victorian Public Sector Commission provides support and guidance on strategy, governance, and service delivery across the public sector, which represents about 10 per cent of the state’s workforce.

Greg Wilson has served as Acting Public Sector Commissioner since October 2022 while a recruitment process took place following the move of former Commissioner Adam Fennessy to head the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

Ms Monagle begins her term as Commissioner on April 3.

Mr Pearson said Ms Monagle was a passionate advocate for public sector excellence who would provide strong leadership.

Brigid Monagle brings great skills and experience to the role of Commissioner, having served in senior roles across the public service,” he said.

“I congratulate Brigid on her appointment and thank Greg Wilson for his work as Acting Commissioner during these past months.”

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