Deputy Secretaries


Information on the Deputy Secretaries at the Department of Employment.

Deputy Secretaries

Sandra Parker

Sandra Parker – Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy

Sandra Parker began her public service career in the ACT education and training sector in 1994 and moved to the Commonwealth in 1998. During that period, she spent a year working as a senior project officer with the Australian National Training Authority and a further year with an Industry Training Council.

Since joining the Commonwealth, she has held various policy and program 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 2005-2008.

Prior to her current role Sandra was Deputy Secretary Employment in the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Martin Hehir

Martin Hehir - Employment

Martin took up the role of Deputy Secretary, Employment, in August 2014 after holding a Deputy Secretary role in the Department of Education and the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations since 2012. Prior to this he was Director-General of the Community Services Directorate, ACT Government.

Martin has held a number of senior positions in other ACT Government agencies. He has played a key role in a number of Ministerial Advisory Councils and supported Ministers at Ministerial Council meetings covering Housing, Community and Disability Services, Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Employment, Education, Early Childhood, Training and Youth Affairs.

Martin holds an Economics Degree from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.

Dr Jill Charker

Dr Jill Charker - Corporate

Dr Jill Charker is the Deputy Secretary, Corporate, at the Department of Employment.

Prior to her current role, Jill was the Deputy Secretary, Programme Design, at the Department of Human Services. Jill has also held senior positions with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, ComSuper and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Jill holds a PhD from Griffith University, and a Class 1 Honours degree in psychology, majoring in statistics. In addition, she has completed an Executive Masters degree in Public Administration through the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Level 2 qualified executive coach through the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.