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Recommendation number: 

Establish a refreshed leadership in the new department with emphasis on the attraction and retention of leaders who have recognised credibility in child protection work, and who have the capacity to lead a major reform of organisational culture.

Response to recommendation: 

The South Australian Government accepted this interim recommendation on 21 June 2016.

The new Chief Executive, Cathy Taylor, commenced 31 October 2016. Ms Taylor has extensive experience in child protection work, and in leading major organisational change.

Ms Taylor’s appointment is just the first step towards establishing a refreshed leadership. In addition, through the machinery of government changes enacted to create the new Department for Child Protection, a process of refreshed leadership structures and positions has commenced with 3 senior executive leadership positions for finance, human resources and ICT advertised on 15 October 2016.

Ms Taylor, with assistance from the newly established human resources department, will continue to drive this process into the new year.

Lead agency: 
Department for Child Protection (DCP)

Accepted - Phase 1

Reform theme: 
System enablers (agency reform)