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The leaders and internal structure of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (PDF 1.14 MB)

Organisational Chart of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The organisational structure is also available in HTML below


  • Secretary
    Alison Frame
    • Chief of Staff / Parliamentary and Governance
      Assistant Secretary
      Liane Pettitt
    • Repatriation Commission
      President - Alison Frame
      Deputy President - Kate Pope PSM
      Repatriation Commissioner - Don Spinks AM
      Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner - Gwen Cherne
      Defence Engagement Commissioner - Vacant
    • Deputy Secretary Veteran and Family Services Group
      Stuart Smith AO DSC
      • Mental Health and Wellbeing Services Division
        First Assistant Secretary
        Leanne Cameron
        • Coordinated Client Support Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          Julie Wilson A/g
        • Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling
          National Manager
          Leonie Nowland
        • Mental and Social Health Programs
          Assistant Secretary
          Catherine Walsh
      • Client Engagement and Support Services Division
        First Assistant Secretary
        Traci-Ann Byrnes
        • Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          Susan Pullar A/g
        • Client Programs Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          Sarah Kennedy
        • Provider Engagement and Management Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          Wayne Perry
        • Deputy Commissioner NT
          Louise Ruhl A/g
      • Client Benefits Division
        First Assistant Secretary
        Natasha Cole
        • Income Support Branch
          Assistant Secretary/Deputy Commissioner SA
          Janice Silby
        • Compensation Processing and Payments Branch
          Assistant Secretary/Deputy Commissioner WA
          Peter King
        • Claims Assessment and Management Branch
          Assistant Secretary/Deputy Commissioner NSW/ACT
          Victoria Benz
        • VEA Compensation and Support Branch
          Assistant Secretary/Deputy Commissioner VIC
          Michael Harper
        • Processing and DHOAS
          Assistant Secretary/Deputy Commissioner QLD
          Tara Hatzismalis
        • Business Improvement and Quality Assurance
          Assistant Secretary
          Sally Dennington A/g
    • Deputy Secretary Enabling Services and Commemorations Group
      Teena Blewitt A/g
      • Commemorations and Transformation Division
        First Assistant Secretary
        Rachel Goddard
        • Commemorations Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          John McKinnon A/g
        • Office of Australian War Graves
          Director War Graves 
          Tim Bayliss AM
        • Channel Strategy and Digital Delivery Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          Laura Sham
      • Chief Financial Officer Division
        Chief Financial Officer
        Glen Casson
        • Deputy Chief Financial Officer
          Assistant Secretary
          Nick Stanton
        • Data and Insights Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          Jason Howden
        • Portfolio Management and Assurance
          Assistant Secretary
          Jane Heffernan A/g
      • Chief Operating Officer Division
        Chief Operating Officer
        Glen Casson A/g
        • People Services Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          Mark Kalleske
        • Integrity, Information and Security Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          Rodger McNally
        • Shared Services and Technology Branch
          Assistant Secretary
          Joumana El Hassan
      • Royal Commission, Implementation Division
        First Assistant Secretary
        Mark Harrigan
        • Royal Commission Reviews and Inquiries
          Assistant Secretary
          Jane Stuart A/g
        • Legislation Improvement Team
          Assistant Secretary/Deputy Commissioner TAS
          Luke Brown
          Assistant Secretary
          Simon Hill
    • General Counsel
      General Counsel/First Assistant Secretary/Chief Audit Executive
      Kerrie-Anne Luscombe
      • Royal Commission Taskforce
        Senior Executive Lawyer
        Thy Huynh
      • Litigation and Advice
        Assistant Secretary
        Amanda Taylor A/g
      • Corporate Legal
        Assistant Secretary
        Peta Langeveld
    • Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Division
      First Assistant Secretary
      Alison McLaren
      • Communications Branch
        Assistant Secretary
        Catherine McDonald
    • Chief Health Officer
      Professor Jenny Firman AM
      • Deputy Chief Health Officer
        Dr Dan Corkery A/g
      • Principal Medical Advisor, Compensation
        Dr Fletcher Davies
    • Deputy President Veteran and Family Policy Group
      Kate Pope PSM
      • Veteran and Family Policy Division
        First Assistant Secretary
        Veronica Hancock
        • Policy Development
          Assistant Secretary
          Brian Eastman A/g
        • Wellbeing Policy
          Assistant Secretary
          Dylan Kurtz
        • Community Policy
          Assistant Secretary
          Alison Hale
      • Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs
        Assistant Secretary
        Mark Brewer AM CSC and BAR
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