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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 408. Updated Tuesday, 06 May 2014

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Senior Appointments

Australia-China Council Board newcomer

Vicki Thomson (pictured) has been appointed as a member of the Australia-China Council Board, replacing Fiona Wood.

Ms Thomson is currently the Executive Director of the Australia Technology Network, which brings together Curtin University, University of South Australia, RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney and Queensland University of Technology.

Previously, Ms Thomson has held various roles include serving as Chief of Staff to the former Premier of South Australia, John Olsen.


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UN post for AFP's Drennan

Peter Drennan has been appointed Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security in the United Nations Secretariat, New York, becoming the most senior Australian official in the UN Headquarters.

Mr Drennan has had a distinguished career in the Australian Federal Police since 1979 and is currently Deputy Commissioner of National Security, overseeing international deployments, counter-terrorism, aviation security and the protection of high office holders, official establishments and critical infrastructure.

Mr Drennan will be responsible for advising the Secretary-General on matters related to the safety and security of United Nations personnel, premises and assets, both at Headquarters and in the field.

ABC Radio's Dundas to move on

Director of ABC Radio, Kate Dundas (pictured) has announced her intention to leave the ABC in July 2014.

Appointed to the role by Managing Director of the ABC, Mark Scott in February 2009, Ms Dundas has held a number of senior roles with the organisation and has achieved record audience levels.

Ms Dundas will take up the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship through the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the University of Melbourne.

Dawson to head ACC

Western Australia Police Deputy Commissioner, Chris Dawson (pictured) has been appointed the Chief Executive of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).

He took his position on 28 April and will be based in Canberra. Mr Dawson takes over from Paul Jevtovic, who has been acting in the position.

The role of Chief Executive of the ACC is one of the most senior law enforcement positions in the nation and Mr Dawson will work with Commonwealth, State and Territory representatives to support their efforts.

Four named for council

Business member appointments to the Joint Commonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council include: Janelle Allison (Pro-Vice Chancellor (Regional Development) at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Institute for Regional Development); Wayne Bould (Managing Director of Grange Resources Limited and Managing Director of the Bonney Group of companies); Dale Elphinstone (Executive Chairman of the Elphinstone Group) and Chris Oldfield (Chief Executive of Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd).

These members will serve for an initial period of 18 months.

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