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The year 2020 will be long remembered as nothing short of extraordinary. In my first year as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Principal Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia, it has been my privilege to assist the Chief Justice, the Hon James Allsop AO, during a time of profound change to the Court’s operations and environment. I am delighted to share our initiatives, successes and learnings in this part and throughout the Court’s 2019–20 annual report.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of the Court’s affairs and will continue to do so for many years to come. While the year has presented many challenges, it has also highlighted our forward-thinking approach to managing our work and our commitment to the relentless improvement of practices and digital innovation. The Court was positioned to respond rapidly and flexibly to COVID-19 and we have been able to showcase what a truly modern and progressive Court we have become.
The opportunity over the next 12 months will be to capitalise on the digital, practice and cultural initiatives that have been implemented to address COVID-19. We will continue to build a culture of innovation, consolidate the Court’s national operations and deliver digital transformation to support the delivery of Court and Tribunal services. The Court is also committed to supporting the delivery of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery agenda.