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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.

Progress update: 

A new leadership structure has been established which as included the appointment of new executive who have experience and credibility in child protection work and a track record of leading a major organisational change successfully. 

A new regional Service Delivery and Practice structure has been established and began implementation in July 2017. Four regional directors have been recruited. 

The Service Delivery and Practice Executive Group has been established and terms of reference approved. This group meets fortnightly and is charged with leading practice and service delivery improvement across the department. 

Lead agency: 
Department for Child Protection (DCP)

Accepted - Phase 1

Reform theme: 
System enablers (agency reform)
Updated date: 

December 2017