Following a recruitment process conducted by the Parliamentary Service Commissioner, Mr Robert Stefanic has been selected for the position of Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS). Mr Stefanic is expected to take up the position on 14 December 2015.
Mr Stefanic brings to the position a wealth of private and public sector experience. He presently holds the corresponding role of Executive Manager, Department of Parliamentary Services at the Parliament of New South Wales .
Prior to this position, Mr Stefanic held several other senior executive roles within t he New South Wales parliamentary environment, including Director, Information Services Branch (Chief Information Officer), as well as Clerk Assistant and Committee Director with the NSW Legislative Council. As a result, Mr Stefanic has a so lid understanding of the privileges and traditions associated with parliamentary democracy combined with a strong track record of corporate service delivery.
The Presiding Officers, the President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Stephen Parry, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP, said they were confident that Mr Stefanic would provide exceptional leadership for DPS as it continues to improve its performance in response to recent reviews.
Mr Stefanic looks forward to the challenge and will re locate to Canberra . " I appreciate t he confidence that the Presiding Officers have demonstrated by appointing me to the role and very much look forward to working with them and the Department in supporting the Parliament".
The Presiding Officers acknowledge and thank the Parliamentary Librarian, Dr Dianne Heriot, who has served as Acting Secretary for the past seven months. Dr Heriot has done a commendable job in what has been for DPS an extremely difficult time. Dr Heriot has remained act ing in the position well beyond the time that she initially wished to and the Presiding Officers thank her for this.