Gill Callister, Professor (Practice), Associate Dean at ANZSOG and 2019 Public Service Medal recipient, has dedicated her career to improving public policy and service delivery.
From 2015-2018, Gill served as Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET).
Prior to joining DET, she was the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Human Services (2009 -2014), where she led policy, legislative and service delivery reform. This followed a range of senior roles in the Victorian Public Service and a ten-year stint in the community sector working with children, young people and families.
Gill is the most recent past President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) (Victoria). Her leadership in public policy was recognised in 2013 when she was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and received a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to attend Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In October 2014, Gill was awarded the IPAA National Fellowship award and a Monash University Fellowship and in 2017 was named as one of the top 50 women in the Victorian public service.
Gill holds Bachelor degrees in Social Work (with Honours) and Arts.
ANZSOG is in for an exciting 2019, with new staff, a revamped research program, greater Indigenous engagement and a focus on regional Australia.
ANZSOG Associate Dean Gill Callister was named Secretary of Victoria’s Department of Education and Training (DET) in 2015. At the time, the department was in the middle of a corruption investigation that ended the careers of several of its senior leaders.
Six ANZSOG alumni and staff have been awarded Public Service Medals (PSMs) for their contribution to public life in Australia. PSMs are awarded to just 100 public servants each year for outstanding service to the nation.
ANZSOG Associate Dean Gill Callister, who will be on the judging panel for the awards, said the Emerging Female Leader in the Government and Public Sector award recognised the growing number of women making change in the public sector.
ANZSOG-affiliated faculty and academics will come together for a panel discussion at IPAA Victoria’s Public Sector Week, to highlight Australian policy successes and uncover why society seems fixated on public policy failures, instead of celebrating and learning from success.