Statement on appointment of Dr Gordon de Brouwer

Minister for Finance, Minister for Women, Minister for the Public Service

I welcome the appointment of Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM as Secretary for Public Sector Reform.

Dr de Brouwer has been appointed for a two-year term, reporting to me as Minister for the Public Service to design and deliver recommendations to strengthen the public sector.

The Australian Public Service (APS) plays a crucial role in serving the Australian community and helping to shape the future of our nation and the appointment of Dr de Brouwer to lead this important work demonstrates the Albanese Government’s commitment to ensuring that the APS is fit for purpose going forward.

Working in close partnership with the Australian Public Service Commissioner and the Secretaries Board, Dr de Brouwer will lead and implement a wide range of public sector reforms to support the Government’s commitment to building a stronger public service that delivers better outcomes for the community, acts as a model employer and contributes to building a fairer and more inclusive Australia.

Dr de Brouwer brings 35 years of experience in public policy to the role, including as Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy and senior roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury, ANU and the Reserve Bank of Australia. He was also a panel member of the Independent Review of the APS (Thodey Review) led by David Thodey AO in 2019.

I look forward to working with Dr de Brouwer and the APS on these important reforms.

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