Secretary of the Department of Human Services
Kathryn Campbell joined the Department of Human Services as Secretary on 7 March 2011.
Previously, Kathryn was the Deputy Secretary, Tertiary, Youth and International at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. In this role, Kathryn focused on implementing the government’s skills package and tertiary sector regulatory reform.
Prior to this appointment, Kathryn was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance) from 2005. She held the position of Deputy Secretary, Budget from 2009 to 2010. In this role Kathryn provided advice to the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, senior ministers and the Cabinet’s Expenditure Review Committee on expenditure priorities, and supported the Government in preparing and delivering the Budget.
From 2005 to 2009 Kathryn was the Deputy Secretary, Financial Management. Her responsibilities included: the financial framework of the Australian Government; the Future Fund and Nation-building funds; Australian Government civilian superannuation schemes; the production of Australian Government financial statements; and the Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs). Kathryn was also a member of the Financial Reporting Council from 2005 to 2010.
As a Division Manager, Kathryn managed the Budget Policy and Coordination Division from 2004 to 2005, and the Social Welfare Division from 2002 to 2004.
From 1998 to 2001, Kathryn held a variety of Branch Manager and Division Manager positions within the Property Group of Finance. In these roles she was responsible for the management of the Commonwealth’s non-Defence portfolio (domestic and overseas), the $250 million per annum asset divestment program and the construction and refurbishment program (domestic and overseas).
Prior to 1998, Kathryn held various corporate, strategic planning, information technology and resource management positions within the Department of Administrative Services and the Department of Defence.
Kathryn holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Information Science, and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Mathematics). She completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2008. Kathryn is an Army Reserve officer and was awarded the Conspicuous Services Cross as a result of her command of the Sydney University Regiment from 2007 to 2009.
Kathryn also supports Vinnies CEO Sleepout. For a third consecutive year, Kathryn experienced, first hand, a night in the life of the many thousands of homeless people across Australia.