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Changes in leadership roles in eight government departments in Western Australia have seen Rebecca Brown, who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Jobs, Science, Tourism and Innovation (JTSI) and Managing Director of Tourism WA in August 2018, resume her duties after serving as Managing Director of the Prime Minister’s Department and Western Australian Cabinet for the past 14 months.
The Public Sector Commissioner announced that the current Acting Managing Director of JTSI and Acting Managing Director of Tourism WA, Richard Sellers, will be appointed Director General of the Ministry of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety of Western Australia.
Brown’s return to her role at JTSI will see her working closely with Tourism WA Acting Managing Director Derryn Belford to continue supporting the tourism industry in combating the impacts of COVID-19.
The appointments reflect the new Western Australian government department and their key priorities as well as the impending retirement of four CEOs and will take effect on May 31, 2021.
Among the retirements, Duncan Ord, chief executive of the Western Australia Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture, announced he was stepping down from his post just days after testifying before the Royal Commission of Perth casino.
Ord, who was also chairman of the Western Australian Gaming and Wagering Commission, responsible for the control and regulation of gambling, had headed the “super department” since the former Ministry of Culture and the Arts merged with three more in 2017.
Following revelations of years of money laundering through Crown Perth, Western Australia’s casino regulatory system is under scrutiny. In hearings last week, the Royal Commission questioned Ord’s experience, training and oversight of ministry leadership.
Ord – a former theater lighting designer – told the Royal Commission that he had no relevant experience and had no training in casino regulation, although it required “extremely complex and technical skills.” .
Ord suggested that the increasing complexity of casino operations in Australia in the future meant that such experience and training was a necessity.
Ord is being replaced on an interim basis by Lanie Chopping who will act in this role while a recruitment process is undertaken.
Image: Rebecca Brown.
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February 10, 2021 – Investigation reveals Crown Resorts not fit to operate new Sydney casino
February 4, 2021 – Western Australia’s Plan for Our Parks initiative calls for the creation of five Badimia Conservation Reserves
December 30, 2020 – Western Australian government moves forward with plans for State Football Center
December 3, 2020 – Sports and recreation centers in Western Australia can now apply for new Healthy Venues grants
December 1, 2020 – Western Australia’s leading health groups urge Crown Perth to make casino completely smoke-free
October 23, 2020 – Casino operator Crown Resorts under investigation for money laundering
Aug 18, 2020 – Western Australian Government’s Coronavirus Easing Slow Leads to Cancellation of Perth Royal Show 2020
August 8, 2020 – The Western Australian government’s latest industrial push to inject $ 150 million into tourism
August 7, 2020 – Live Performance Australia congratulates the Government of Western Australia on its risk-shared funding
August 6, 2020 – Western Australian government announces $ 76 million arts and culture stimulus package
August 4, 2020 – Western Australian government announces $ 300 million investment in sports and community infrastructure
June 30, 2020 – Tourism WA Extends Deadline for Business Survival Grant Applications
February 5, 2020 – Tourism WA supports industry affected by coronavirus
November 20, 2019 – Government of Western Australia aims to increase women’s leadership roles in the sports industry
September 7, 2019 – Western Australian government appoints new CEO of Lotterywest and Healthway
September 6, 2018 – Former CEO of Global Surfing appointed CEO of Tourism WA
August 23, 2018 – New person to lead the Tourism WA and Western Australia employment program
July 24, 2018 – New turmoil in tourism management in Western Australia
April 6, 2018 – Western Australian government sacks director general of the Department of Employment and Tourism
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