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The Chief Executive, Child Protection

Cathy Taylor

Department for Child Protection Chief Executive Cathy taylor

Cathy Taylor was appointed to lead the new Department for Child Protection in September, 2016.

Cathy joins the department after leading the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in Queensland as Deputy Director General, Child Family and Community Services.

This role saw her lead the development and implementation of strategic policy and program initiatives – including the response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry 2013, and work on the Bryce Taskforce on Responses to Domestic and Family Violence of 2015.

She has also led legislative reform in relation to Queensland’s Child Protection Act 1999, Adoptions Act 2009 and Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012.

Practising as a solicitor in her early career, Cathy went on to become the inaugural coordinator for Women’s Legal Aid Queensland and later, the Director of the Child Protection Branch of the Department of Families.

She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Griffith University, and a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology.


Office of the Chief Executive

Education Centre
31 Flinders Street
Adelaide, SA 5000

Telephone: 8124 4185
Email: dcpcemailbox [at] sa.gov.au