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Sandra Parker PSM was appointed to the position of Fair Work Ombudsman for a 5-year term on 15 July 2018. Under the Fair Work Act 2009 Sandra is responsible for promoting harmonious, productive, cooperative and compliant workplace relations. Sandra was awarded a Public Service Medal for her outstanding contribution to workplace relations policy and program delivery on Australia Day 2018.
Prior to her appointment as Fair Work Ombudsman, Sandra served as a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Jobs and Small Business and its predecessors for eight years. She was Deputy Secretary, Employment Services and Deputy Secretary, Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy. In earlier roles, Sandra was the head of the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council and a senior executive at the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has also held various policy and program management positions in the vocational education and training field, at both Commonwealth and state government levels.
Sandra began her career in education with secondary teaching roles in Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and in London. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Australia and New Zealand School of Government.