Departmental overview

The Department of Employment was created on 18 September 2013. The role of the department is to provide policy advice and support, and implement programmes to deliver the Australian Government’s agenda to create more jobs, increase productivity and improve workplaces and safety.

Our vision: More Jobs. Great Workplaces.

The department’s vision reflects the government’s plans for stronger economic growth. We build Australia’s participation and productivity by providing good advice on policies that will create jobs, help job seekers into work and encourage great workplaces.

A great workplace is a productive workplace, where people contribute to the best of their ability and are able to do their jobs safely. In a productive workplace, employees and managers are engaged and motivated to look for better ways to do their work.

We want every Australian to have the opportunity to get ahead and to build better lives for themselves and their families, and we want employers to have the confidence to grow their businesses and hire new employees.

Our Executive

The department’s Executive at 30 June 2014

The department’s Executive at 30 June 2014. Left to right: Vicki Rundle, Jamie Clout, Renée Leon, Sandra Parker and Jennifer Taylor.

Secretary—Renée Leon

Renée Leon was appointed Secretary of the Department of Employment on 18 September 2013. Renée has been in the public sector for more than 20 years, including service as deputy secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Renée also spent three years as chief executive of the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety. In 2013, Renée was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to public administration and law in leadership roles in the ACT and the Commonwealth.

Renée is qualified in arts and law and holds a Master of Law from Cambridge University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Policy at the Australian National University. She has served on the boards of the Australian Institute of Criminology, the National Australia Day Council and the Australia New Zealand

Policing Advisory Agency, and was a member of the Council of the Order of Australia.

Deputy Secretary, Employment—Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer was previously Deputy Secretary for Early Childhood, Working Age and Indigenous Participation in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). She was also the group manager for labour market strategies in DEEWR, with responsibility for economic and labour market analysis, and worked in a number of senior positions in the South Australian Government.

From 2006 to 2009 Jennifer was the chief executive of the Australian Fair Pay Commission secretariat.

Deputy Secretary, Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy—Sandra Parker

Before her current role, Sandra was Deputy Secretary for Employment in DEEWR.

Sandra began her public service career in the ACT education and training sector in 1994 and joined the Commonwealth public sector in 1998. Since then Sandra has held various policy and programme positions in vocational education and training, social policy and workplace relations.

Sandra was head of the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council from 2005 to 2008.

Group Manager, Finance and Business Services—Jamie Clout

Jamie joined the department in September 2013 as group manager for finance and business services. He previously held similar roles in the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport and in AusAID.

Jamie spent nine years in the Department of Finance and Administration and also worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Industry, Science and Technology, and the Productivity Commission.

Group Manager, People and Communication—Vicki Rundle PSM

Before her current role, Vicki led the people group in DEEWR. Before that, she worked in a range of early childhood policy and programme roles, including overseeing one of the national early childhood reform programmes.

Vicki joined the Australian Public Service in June 2006 after working in the senior executive service in the Tasmanian Government across a range of health and human services settings.

Our organisational structure

The department is structured to deliver its business through the Executive and groups. The department’s organisational structure at 30 June 2014 is shown in Figure 1 Organisational structure at 30 June 2014.

The department’s organisational structure at 30 June 2014 described below

Figure 1 Organisational structure at 30 June 2014

Department of Employment – Organisational Chart (Structure)


Renee Leon PSM

Office of the Secretary

Jennifer Taylor, Deputy Secretary

Employment Services Support

Anthony Parsons, Group Manager

  • Business Partnerships
  • Provider Support,
  • Contract Management and Assurance,
  • Regional and Place-Based Strategy
Job Services Australia

Moya Drayton, Group Manager

  • Employment Services Reporting and Analysis
  • Stream Services
  • Work Experience and Programmes
  • Job Seeker Participation
  • Job Seeker Assessment Mature Age Programme
 Labour Market Strategy

Margaret Kidd, Group Manager

  • Labour Market Research and Analysis
  • Labour Market Policy
  • Industry and International Strategies
  • Employment Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Employment Systems

Stephen Moore, Group Manager

  • Application Development
  • Employment Business Intelligence and Technical Support
  • Job Seeker Development
State Network

Helen Willoughby, State Network Manager

Employment Services Reform Taskforce

Marsha Milliken, Group Manager

  • Alison Durbin, Branch Manager

Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy

Sandra Parker, Deputy Secretary

Workplace Relations Implementation and Safety

Kylie Emery, Group Manager

  • Employee Entitlements
  • Safety and Compensation Policy
Workplace Relations Policy

Alison Morehead, Group Manager

  • Industries and Awards
  • Participation and International Labour
  • Framework Policy
  • Senior Labour Advisor, Geneva
Workplace Relations Legal

Jeremy O'Sullivan, Chief Counsel

  • Bargaining and Coverage
  • Building, Safety and Institutions
  • Employment Standards
Social Policy and Economic Strategy

Jo Wood, Group Manager

  • Participation Analysis and International t
  • Economics
  • Workforce Participation Policy
  • Minister Counsellor (Employment) to the OECD, EU, UNESCO and France, Janine Pitt
Building Industry Policy

Steve Kibble, Group Manager

  • Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner,


Finance and Business Services

Jamie Clout, Group Manager

  • Finance
  • Assurance and Business Services
  • Legal Services
  • Legal Services
People and Communication

Vicki Rundle PSM, Group Manager

  • People
  • Communication
  • Audit and Parliamentary

Shared Services Centre Governance Board

Craig Storen PSM, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Our outcomes and programmes

Our outcomes were previously reported under outcome 3 and outcome 4 of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Portfolio Budget Statements 2013–14 and were amended in the Department of Employment Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2013–14.

Machinery-of-government changes

The Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 18 September 2013 resulted in a range of machinery-of- government changes. These changes included the abolition of DEEWR and the creation of the Department of Employment. Responsibilities from DEEWR were distributed among the Department of Employment, the Department of Education, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Social Services. The distribution of programmes is illustrated in Figure 2.

Distribution of programmes from the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations described below

Figure 2 Distribution of programmes from the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Figure 2 Distribution of programmes from the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Distribution of programmes from the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Department
  1. Support for the Child Care System
  2. Childcare Fee Assistance
  3. Early Childhood Education
  4. Government Schools National Support
  5. Non-Government Schools National Support
  6. Schools Support
  7. Trade Training
  8. Digital Education
  9. Smarter Schools—Improving Teacher Quality*
  10. Youth Support
  11. Youth Support
  12. National Plan on Literacy and Numeracy*
  13. Smarter Schools—Low SES School Communities National Partnership*
  14. Empowering Local Schools*
  15. Rewards for School Improvement*
  16. National Rewards for Great Teachers*
Department of Education
  • 3.1 Employment Services
  • 4.1 Employee Assistance
  • 4.2 Workplace Assistance
  • 4.3 Workers Compensation Payments
Department of Employment
  • 1.1 Indigenous Early Childhood Programmes
  • 2.2 Indigenous Education Targeted Assistance
  • 2.3 Indigenous Education Programmes
  • 3.2 Indigenous Employment
  • 3.4 Remote Jobs and Communities Programme
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • 2.9 Student Assistance
  • 3.3 Disability Employment Services
  • 3.5 Working Age Payments
Department of Social Services

* Terminating programmes