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David MatthewsHonorary Fellow

David Matthews is currently in the Executive Director of Housing and Community Services in the ACT Community Services Directorate.

David has worked in the ACT Government since the year 2000 and since 2007 has performed a range of executive roles.

From 2007 to 2011 he was the Executive responsible for the ACT social housing system, including management of public housing and funding and oversight of homelessness services.

In 2011 he assumed responsibility responsible for the ACT Youth Justice system, including Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and development of responses to the Human Rights Commission Inquiry into the ACT Youth Justice system.

From 2012 – 2014, David was in strategic and corporate roles leading Whole of Directorate strategic policy, organisational governance and service quality, including responsibility for developing and implementing the Community Services Directorate (CSD) Strategic Plan 2012-15.

He has also led Whole of ACT Public Service initiatives, including The Human Services Blueprint and the Strengthening Families initiative.

Prior to working for government, David spent several years in the community sector at a local and national level, including roles at the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), Youth Coalition of the ACT, and Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition (AYPAC).


David was awarded the Institute's Public Service Excellence Awards in 2014 for excellence in collaborative governance and systems thinking. The Public Sector Awards are presented to public servants at different levels of governance who have made an outstanding contribution to their field. Award recipients also receive an Adjunct Professorship or Honorary Fellowship, and David was awarded an Honorary Fellowship with IGPA. 

“David is an exceptional example of a 21st century public servant who has been at the forefront of social policy innovation in the ACT. The work that he has facilitated such as Strengthening Services for Families and the ACT’s new Human Services Blueprint, is genuinely leading the way in Australia in terms of the development of integrated service delivery across government and the community sector. He recognizes the importance of genuine collaboration in public value creation; that we can only solve the intractable problems that we are confronting with the active support and involvement of the community sector, the citizenry and local communities. He therefore views his role as an empowering one. He also seeks to develop strong working relationships with knowledge institutions on the basis that the more we know about a problem and how it has been understood nationally and internationally the better our decisions are likely to be. In short, David Matthews is an exemplar public servant in an era of governance”.

Professor Mark Evans (Member, IGPA Public Service Awards panel)

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