Cathy Taylor

A head shot of Cathy Taylor, the Chief Executive. Cathy is smiling

Cathy was appointed as Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection (DCP) in South Australia in October 2016.

Cathy joined the department from Queensland where she was Deputy Director-General, Child Family and Community Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services from 2013 to 2016.

Cathy brings more than 20 years' experience as a senior public servant in Queensland and South Australia working in and across strategic policy, legislative reform, planning and service delivery roles in the areas of child protection, youth justice, disability services and domestic violence.

Cathy has undergraduate qualifications in law and postgraduate qualifications in law and public administration including an Executive Masters of Public Administration (EMPA), ANZSOG.

She has previously been a Director of ANROWS - Australia’s National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety and Chair, National Forum for Protecting Australia’s Children.

In 2018, Cathy was appointed to the ANZSOG Alumni Advisory Council.

In 2019, Cathy was awarded the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) National Fellowship for outstanding contribution to the study and practice of public administration.

In 2021, Cathy was appointed as Adjunct Industry Professor with the University of South Australia.


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Phone: (08) 8124 4185


31 Flinders Street
Adelaide SA 5000

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GPO Box 1072
Adelaide SA 5001

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