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Changes in Western Australian government sector foresee Rebecca Brown’s return as Managing Director of Tourism WA

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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