Our Key Staff

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Secretary

Chris Eccles was appointed Secretary of DPC in December 2014. As Secretary, Chris leads the department and the Victorian Public Service in advising the Premier and the Government of Victoria.

Chris was previously Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2011 to 2014, and Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet from 2009 to 2011. Chris also has previous experience in Victoria's DPC, having held the positions of Deputy Secretary, Sector Improvement Group and later Deputy Secretary, National Reform and Climate Change Group from 2007 to 2009.

Prior to joining Victoria's DPC in 2007, Chris worked in a variety of government and private sector senior management positions. He has held leadership roles with the ACT Chief Minister's Department and with the Australian National Training Authority. As an Associate Director with KPMG, Chris headed the national education consulting practice. He subsequently became a foundation Director of the consulting firm, Phillips KPA, which works across all education and training sectors.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University.

 

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Deputy Secretary, Social Policy and Service Delivery Reform

Rebecca Falkingham was appointed Deputy Secretary, Social Policy and Service Delivery Reform in February 2015. Her group is responsible for Aboriginal affairs, multicultural affairs and citizenship, veterans, women, equality, education, justice, health and human services policy.

Rebecca was recently Deputy Secretary, Communities and Social Investment Group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (New South Wales) and, before that, held a variety of senior leadership roles in the both the Victorian and New South Wales public services. 

 

 

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Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy and State Productivity

Simon Phemister was appointed Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy and State Productivity in February 2015. His group oversees economic development, regional and local government outcomes, international engagement, infrastructure, planning, major transactions, energy, resources and land policy.

Simon previously held the role of Deputy Secretary, Policy and Strategy Group at the Department of Human Services. Simon has also held senior roles in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Education, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Simon holds an Executive Master of Public Administration from ANZSOG, a Bachelor of Business (Asia Pacific Studies) from La Trobe University and Honours in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese from Yunnan University, China. 

 

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Deputy Secretary, Governance Policy and Coordination

Tony Bates joined DPC in March 2016 as Deputy Secretary, Governance Policy and Coordination.

Tony has a breadth of experience in both central and line agencies, most recently at DTF and Victoria Police. As Special Advisor, Policy and Reform, he reported directly to the DTF Secretary and was responsible for driving a number of specific policy and reform priorities and enhancing external stakeholder relationships.

Prior to this, Tony led significant strategic reforms to business , human resource and financial services at Victoria Police and worked in DTF in a range of roles covering fiscal strategy, portfolio analysis and natural disaster recovery arrangements.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science degree from the University of Melbourne. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an alumnus of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows program.

 

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Special Adviser, Service Victoria

In January 2015, Jo de Morton was appointed Special Adviser, Business Transactions Reform, a role designed to lead priority work relating to how government does business and interacts with citizens.

Prior to this role, Jo was Deputy Secretary, Governance and Operations, Department of Premier and Cabinet and, since joining the Victorian Public Service in 1992, she has held a variety of senior corporate roles, including as Deputy Secretary, Business and Corporate Services with the former Department of Primary Industries.

Jo is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. 


Last updated on Friday, 01 April 2016