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Dr Michael Schaper, Sarah Court and Cristina Cifuentes have been nominated as Commissioners of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Dr Schaper has worked previously as ACT Small Business Commissioner, Dean of Murdoch University Business School and Head of the School of Business at Bond University.
Ms Court is a former senior executive lawyer and Director with the Australian Government Solicitor and Ms Cifuentes is currently on the Board of the Australian Energy Regulator, with previous experience serving on the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.
If the majority of States and Territories support the nominations, it is expected that each appointment will be for a five- year period.
Charities board named
New appointments to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board have been announced.
Robert Fitzgerald has been appointed as the part-time Chair of the ACNC Advisory Board alongside Fiona McLeay.
Gina Anderson, Paul O'Callaghan, Professor Myles McGregor‑Lowndes, Sheila McHale, David Crosbie and Anthony Lang have also been appointed as members of the Board.
Hegelby to Finance Council
Dr Stein Helgeby has been appointed as a part-time member of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) for three-year term.
The FRC is the peak body responsible for overseeing the effectiveness of, and advising the Government on, the financial reporting framework in Australia.
Dr Helgeby is currently the Deputy Secretary of the Governance and Resource Management Group at the Department of Finance and Deregulation.
He has also previously served as Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.
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The Secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Blair Comley PSM has been appointed Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.
Mr Comley replaces Drew Clarke PSM who has been named Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
Mr Comley has been appointed for five years from 11 March 2013 and an announcement relating to his replacement at DCCEE will be made shortly.
Gleeson is top solicitor
Justin Gleeson has been officially appointed as the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth.
Mr Gleeson has been serving as Acting Solicitor-General for the past four months and this latest appointment will see him in the role for the next five years.
He is a former member the NSW Bar Council and also a part-time lecturer of Legal History at the University of Sydney.
IPAA names new Secretary
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Sustainability Environment Water, Population and Communities (SEWPAC), Kimberley Dripps has been appointed Secretary of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia’s (IPAA) ACT branch.
Ms Dripps replaces Drew Baker, who stepped down but will continue as a member of Council and an IPAA ACT sponsor.
Ms Dripps will remain in the position until September 2013, when Council elections are due to occur.
Anthea Tinney and Greg Fraser have become members of the Centre for Strategy and Governance.
The Centre is a network of former senior PS staff who offer high level strategic advice.
Ms Tinney, formerly a Deputy Secretary in the Department if the Environment, and Mr Fraser, once Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Health and Community Care, will serve alongside other well-known names including Tony Blunn, Geoff Harmer, Ken Matthews, Greg Taylor, Mike Taylor and Helen Williams.
Stokes to PNG
Deborah Stokes has been appointed Australia's next High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.
Ms Stokes was most recently head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’ss International Organisations and Legal Division.
She has previously served as Australia's Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, and in Yangon and with the United Nations Development Programme in New York.
Ms Stokes is expected to take up her appointment in March, replacing Ian Kemish.
Clarke to DBCDE
Drew Clarke has been appointed as Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy.
Mr Clarke has been Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism since 2010 and this new appointment is for a term of five years from 11 March 2013.
He replaces Peter Harris who has been appointed to chair the Productivity Commission.
Grattan’s new chapter
Leading Australian journalist, Michelle Grattan is to join the University of Canberra as a professorial fellow.
Ms Grattan is currently the political editor of The Age newspaper and was the first female editor of an Australian daily newspaper when she was appointed as the editor of The Canberra Times.
Alongside her academic role, and with the agreement of the University, she will also continue as a practising journalist, joining The Conversation as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent and commenting in radio and television.
Menzies for culture agency
The new philanthropy and social investment agency for the cultural sector is to be named Creative Partnerships Australia.
Fiona Menzies has been appointed to serve as the first Chief Executive Officer of the new agency, with Carol Schwartz appointed as the inaugural Chair.
The creation of the single agency was announced last year to replace the Australia Business Arts Foundation and Artsupport Australia.
Lack for trawler probe
Mary Lack has been appointed to chair an expert panel which is to assess the environmental impacts of the super trawler.
Another three members have also been appointed to the panel which will include Peter Harrison, Simon Goldsworthy and Cathy Bulman.
The report from the expert panel must be presented to the Minister by 22 October 2014.
The full terms of reference for the panel are available at this PS News link
Ball back at CSIRO
Dr Lewis Ball has been appointed as Chief for CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) division.
Dr Ball returns to CSIRO from his present role as Deputy Director at the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile.
Prior to that he had been with CSIRO for nine years in a number of management roles including leadership of CSIRO’s astronomy division from February 2009 to May 2010, first as Acting Director of the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) and then as Acting Chief of Astronomy and Space Science.
He is expected to take up his position on 18 March.
Professor Warrick Couch has been appointed as the Director of the Australian Astronomical Observatory.
The AAO is a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
Professor Couch was joint winner of the Gruber Cosmology Prize in 2007, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has served as the President of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
Ware to Sounds position
Live music advocate and policy consultant, Dr Ianto Ware has been appointed as the National Live Music Coordinator for Sounds Australia.
The creation of the new position is part of a $3 million commitment to boost industry innovation, music export and address skills development in the live music sector.
Edition 350, 26 February 2013