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Jane Halton PSMAdjunct Professor

Jane Halton is former Secretary of the Australian Department of Finance. She was
responsible for essential services delivered by Finance including supporting the
delivery of the Australian Government Budget, the ongoing management of the
Australian Government’s non-defence domestic property portfolio and key asset
sales. Prior to her appointment as Secretary of the Department of Finance in July
2014, Jane was Secretary of the Australian Department of Health.


Jane was awarded the Institute Public Service Excellence Awards in 2014 for excellence in public sector leadership. 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 Jane was awarded an Adjunct Professorship with IGPA.

“Following 12 years as Secretary of the Department of Health, Jane Halton was appointed Secretary of the Department of Finance, the first woman to lead a central agency of government. Her record in the extremely complex world of health policy was marked by outstanding achievement in both policy and administration. Health, by its highly politicised nature and its shared responsibilities with the States and Territories, is a fraught area of policy setting and administration which Jane has navigated successfully for more than a decade, delivering a wide range of Commonwealth priorities and policy innovations over that time. In doing so she has won national as well as international recognition from her peers and professional colleagues, and has held many important positions nationally and internationally. She has displayed the strongest commitment to the staff of her department, and adopted a strong public stance in defending a member of staff against unfair media and political attacks. Her reputation for being completely across the responsibilities and actions of her department is well founded, and her advice to Government equally well respected. In short, Jane has been awarded this excellence award for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of public sector excellence and in particular the work that she has done in enhancing the quality of health policy and service delivery in Australia and in advancing the position of women in the Australian public service.“

Professorial Fellow Bill Burmester (Member, IGPA Awards Panel)

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