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Finance executive

The Department of Finance is led by the Secretary, Rosemary Huxtable PSM, supported by four deputy secretaries, each with responsibility for one business area. Further information about the operations of the Executive Board is provided under ‘Corporate governance’ (see page 58). The department’s organisational structure at 30 June 2018 is shown at Figure 2 on page 10.

Secretary Rosemary Huxtable PSM

Rosemary Huxtable was appointed Secretary of the Department of Finance in February 2017. As Secretary, Rosemary is responsible for all functions and services delivered by the department, including supporting the delivery of the Australian Government Budget, overseeing the financial framework of Australian Government agencies, shareholder oversight of government business enterprises, managing the Australian Government’s non-Defence domestic property portfolio, key asset sales, aspects of public sector modernisation, and provision of a range of facilities and services to current parliamentarians and their staff (approximately 1,850), and to former members of parliament.

Rosemary joined Finance in June 2013 as Deputy Secretary of Budget and Financial Reporting. Prior to that, she was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Ageing and was a key player in significant health reforms, particularly in the areas of Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and hospital financing.

Rosemary has worked extensively in the areas of budget management, health and community services across both public and private sectors, including working in ministerial offices and managing a private consulting business in Western Australia. Rosemary has more than 25 years’ experience in Commonwealth administration.

Rosemary received a Public Service Medal for her work on the Medicare program in 2005.

Deputy Secretary David Fredericks

David Fredericks was appointed Deputy Secretary of Budget and Financial Reporting in February 2017. He had previously been Deputy Secretary of Business Enabling Services. Before moving to Finance, David was a Deputy Secretary at the Attorney- General’s Department for more than four years, first in the Civil Justice and Legal Services Group and then as the Chief Operating Officer.

Budget and Financial Reporting

Budget and Financial Reporting provides policy and financial advice on government expenditure and non-taxation revenue matters to the Minister for Finance, other senior ministers and the Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet.

Budget and Financial Reporting supports the government in its preparation, delivery and ongoing management of the Budget and assists agencies in meeting their financial management and reporting obligations. It aims to ensure that the analysis, policy advice and costing information provided to government supports informed decision-making and that economic updates are delivered within required timeframes and meet their legislative requirements.

Deputy Secretary Stein Helgeby

Stein Helgeby was appointed Deputy Secretary of Governance and APS Transformation in October 2015. He joined the department in February 2010 as the Deputy Secretary of the former Financial Management Group. Prior to this, Stein enjoyed a lengthy period in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, where he was responsible for budget and financial management, long-term policy research, taxation, business tax reform and intergovernmental relations.

Governance and APS Transformation

Governance and APS Transformation develops policy and advises on the resource management and governance frameworks for public sector agencies, accounting policy, the government’s investment funds, and superannuation arrangements for members of parliament and Commonwealth employees. It also advises on and coordinates government information and advertising campaigns.

Additionally, Governance and APS Transformation consolidates budget updates, contributes to preparation of the budget statements and prepares the Commonwealth’s monthly and annual consolidated financial statements. It also provides policy and program leadership on initiatives aimed at modernising and increasing the public sector’s productivity, including shared and common services for back-office functions and grants administration.

Deputy Secretary Katherine Jones PSM

Katherine Jones was appointed Deputy Secretary of Business Enabling Services in October 2017. Prior to her position at Finance, Katherine was a Deputy Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department, where she led the National Security and Emergency Management Group. In 2017, Katherine received a Public Service Medal for her outstanding contribution in this role.

Business Enabling Services

Business Enabling Services provides corporate and ICT services to the department to facilitate Finance’s role in supporting the government. It also provides innovative whole-of-government ICT services. It includes Ministerial and Parliamentary Services, providing a range of services and support to current parliamentarians and their staff and to former members of parliament. Through the Service Delivery Office, it provides services to client entities, as part of the whole-of- government Shared Services Program.

Deputy Secretary (Acting) Andrew Jaggers

Andrew Jaggers was appointed Acting Deputy Secretary of Commercial and Government Services in May 2018. In this role, Andrew is responsible for managing the Commonwealth’s non-Defence property portfolio, whole-of-government procurement policy and the relationships with a number of government business enterprises.

Prior to moving into this role, Andrew spent a number of years as First Assistant Secretary of the Commercial Division with the Department of Finance, and First Assistant Secretary of the Infrastructure Investment Division at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, where he was responsible for leading the governance, oversight and implementation of a number of large-scale and high-profile government infrastructure projects.

Commercial and Government Services

Commercial and Government Services provides advice on government business enterprises and commercial entities, manages the domestic non-Defence property portfolio and undertakes the review and reform of these assets, including divestment where relevant. It is also responsible for developing and maintaining the Australian Government’s procurement policy framework and managing the Australian Government’s special claims, insurance and risk management operations.