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Senior executives as at 30 June 2020


Secretary, Rob Stefanic

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Rob Stefanic was appointed Secretary of DPS in December 2015. In this capacity, he chairs the Parliament of Australia Security Management Board and the Parliamentary ICT Advisory Board. He is Secretary to the Historic Memorials Committee.

Rob is a Board Director of the Canberra Convention Bureau, Chair of the National Capital Education Tourism Project Stakeholder Council, and member of the Canberra Region Tourism Leaders Forum.

Before joining DPS, Rob was the chief executive of the DPS at the Parliament of NSW and prior to that, served as chief information officer, overseeing the delivery of ICT, library, archival and Hansard services to the NSW Parliament.

Rob also served in various senior leadership roles within the NSW Department of the Legislative Council, working across corporate, committees and parliamentary law and procedure functions. Before entering the parliamentary service, he worked in the chartered accounting and legal fields.

Rob has Bachelor degrees in Law (Hons) and Commerce, and an Executive Master in Public Administration.

Parliamentary Librarian, Dr Dianne Heriot

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Dr Dianne Heriot was appointed Parliamentary Librarian in May 2012, and was subsequently appointed for a second term in May 2017. Before that, she was Assistant Secretary of the Research Branch of the Parliamentary Library.

Dr Heriot has many years of experience in senior management positions in the Australian Public Service, including in the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Master of Arts (Medieval Studies) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Literature.

Deputy Secretary, Cate Saunders

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Cate Saunders was appointed Deputy Secretary in February 2020. In this role Cate is the Chief Operating Officer responsible for corporate services, parliamentary engagement and communications.

Cate is also responsible for the provision of security services for Australian Parliament House as well as overseeing the capital works and maintenance programs for the building.

An experienced public servant, Cate commenced her APS career in 2000 and since then has worked across a range of Commonwealth agencies delivering corporate enabling services, primarily in finance and human resources.

Cate was head of the People and Culture Branch at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority before her appointment to DPS.

She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

Chief Information Officer, Antony Stinziani

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Antony Stinziani commenced as the Chief Information Officer at DPS in November 2017 and is responsible for all ICT services across the parliament and electorate offices around the nation.

He has more than 25 years of experience in executive ICT and a strong track record of leadership, with a focus on strategic alignment and digital transformation. Antony is responsible for the Australian Parliament Digital Strategy 2019–2022.

He holds a degree in public sector management and ICT and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also an experienced non-executive board director and is involved in programs that mentor and develop women in ICT.

First Assistant Secretary, Finance and Property Services, Matt O'Brien

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Matt O’Brien commenced with DPS in April 2020. As part of his role he is the Chief Finance Officer. Matt has a strong background in corporate and financial management spanning 20 years. Before joining DPS he was the Chief Operating Officer at Canberra Girls' Grammar School.

Matt has held senior leadership roles in the education, government and not-for-profit sectors. He previously sat on a number of boards and advisory groups primarily in the not-for-profit sector.

He has qualifications in commerce and industrial relations, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Acting First Assistant Secretary Corporate Services, Robert Brigden

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Before acting in the First Assistant Secretary Corporate Services role, Robert Brigden served as the Assistant Secretary for the Corporate Operations Branch. He joined the department in August 2018, having worked across areas including employment, industrial and administrative law, information disclosure, security, workers compensation and general liability.

He has a Master of Employment and Industrial Law from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University, a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Queensland, Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from Queensland University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland.