Our Key Staff

Chris Eccles AOChris Eccles photo


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.

In 2017, Chris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia 'for distinguished service to public administration, to innovative policy development and sound governance, and to the delivery of reform in the areas of training, education and disability'.

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.

Jeremi Moule

Acting Deputy Secretary, Governance Policy and Coordination

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Interim CEO, Service Victoria

Jo de Morton has led the creation of Service Victoria since January 2015, from a start-up to a new online platform making it easier for people to access transactional services.

Prior to this role, Jo was Deputy Secretary, Governance and Operations, Department of Premier and Cabinet, where she oversaw legislation to establish Victoria's inaugural Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) and as Interim CEO, led the successful start-up of its investigative powers. 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 Tuesday, 22 May 2018